The Nevada CARES [Consent. Awareness. Relationships. Education for Students] project is based at the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT). The project focuses on developing and expanding outreach and education on interpersonal violence to students, faculty and staff across the UNR campus.
The funding mechanism for the Nevada CARES project comes from the Federal Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program. The program was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 and reauthorized by the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (VAWA 2000) and then again by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005. The program provides a unique opportunity for institutions of higher education to establish multidisciplinary consortia to combat violent crimes against women on campuses. These comprehensive efforts are designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies in order to prevent, prosecute and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes on college campuses