PORTLAND — Portland is one of eight cities chosen nationally for a demonstration project on reducing children’s exposure to violence.

The selection, announced today by the Department of Justice, includes $160,000 to develop community-based strategies to prevent and reduce the impact of children’s exposure to violence at home, in school and in the community.

The grant was awarded to Portland Safe Kids Project: Working Together to Help Children Exposed to Violence (PSKids), a coalition of child-serving agencies.

Portland’s project will emphasize refugee and immigrant children and children under 5 who are at risk of being exposed to violence.

The grants are part of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Defending Childhood initiative.