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The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) National Violence Against Women Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Consortium (LETTAC) is a single, streamlined point of entry for OVW grantees and the field to request law enforcement TTA. LETTAC prioritizes inclusivity—including support for traditionally underserved jurisdictions such as rural and tribal communities—in assisting all law enforcement in best responding to, investigating, and prosecuting intimate partner violence and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) crimes in a trauma-informed manner, supporting victim healing, safety, and justice.
About Our Federal Leadership: OVW
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), an office within the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW was created following the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994; VAWA was renewed in 2005 and again in 2013. Visit www.justice.gov/ovw for more about the Office; OVW-supported podcasts and blogs; funding information, guidelines, and resources; and links to information about the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. A listing of the OVW grant programs, designed to strengthen services to victims and hold offenders accountable, is available at www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs. LETTAC is supported with funding from several of these programs.
National Stakeholder Partnership
Through involvement, guidance, and insights from executives, innovators, and practitioners—your colleagues who, daily, address similar challenges, priorities, and opportunities—LETTAC is a one-stop shop and a by-the-field/for-the-field resource. LETTAC originated, was shaped, and continues to evolve thanks to the gracious contributions of representatives from all levels of government, all roles involved in addressing intimate partner crime (including prosecutors, line officers, civilian staff, campus police, and call center personnel), and all jurisdictions and localities served (including tribal nations and culturally specific communities and groups). Members of the LETTAC National Stakeholder Partnership help lead this collaborative advisory process.
The National Violence Against Women Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Consortium (LETTAC) is serving victims by supporting law enforcement and transforming the current way training and technical assistance (TTA) are delivered to grantees and the field into a more efficient, effective manner.
This is being accomplished by combining current TTA funds for law enforcement from several OVW grant programs into one force-multiplying Consortium—LETTAC—to use a smart government approach, maximizing resources, minimizing duplication, and promoting collaboration.
The fundamental intent of LETTAC is to serve as the the single connection point for all OVW law enforcement grantees and the field (including prosecutors, civilian staff, and campus police) to request training and technical assistance (TTA) to best respond to, investigate, and prosecute cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking in Tribal communities. LETTAC advances criminal justice solutions that are trauma-informed and victim-centered; aid in the successful prosecution of these crimes; prioritize offender accountability; and support victim healing, safety, and justice. This driving goal is captured in the LETTAC tagline:
Serving Victims by Supporting Law Enforcement
This comprehensive goal will be facilitated through the LETTAC Resource Center, composed of three main components:
A training and technical assistance portal.
A clearinghouse with resources including webinars, podcasts, publications, and links to other online assets. Users have the ability to combine items of interest into unique toolkits to reference and share.
An online learning center (forthcoming) to provide quality training to justice practitioners regardless of geography, available travel budgets, or prescribed time schedules.
These streamlined and efficient operational and technological structures are rooted in principles including: Ensuring inclusivity of TTA services and support for justice colleagues: In all law enforcement roles, including prosecutors, campus police, civilian personnel, call center staff, and frontline officers. In all jurisdictions/communities served, including: Those traditionally underserved and that consistently experience challenges in leveraging resources (such as tribal and rural jurisdictions). Culturally specific communities including LGBTQ+, Latinx, people with language access considerations, and mature adults/elders. People with disabilities, including deaf/hard of hearing individuals. In addressing all Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) crimes (domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking) and, in tribal communities, trafficking and missing and murdered Native American women and girls. Streamlining a consistent process for all requestors (including grantees and the field at large). Involving subject-matter experts, law enforcement leaders and innovators, and stakeholders—including those across partners in federal bureaus and offices—in LETTAC development to ensure adherence to the program goals and principles. Building for broadscale usability by all levels of technology expertise and independent of specialized equipment or connectivity. Maximizing U.S. Department of Justice and OVW investments by leveraging existing resources, talent, and technologies. Remaining flexible and agile to respond to new priorities, including the Administration’s strategy to reduce violent crime which includes fostering trust and legitimacy in the communities served; investing in community-based efforts; strategizing enforcement priorities; and capturing metrics and measures to continually improve LETTAC activities as well as provide data for OVW and DOJ strategic planning. Spotlighting grantees, innovative projects, and success stories (and lessons learned) from the field to build peer connections and the LETTAC community of practice. Keeping at the forefront our guiding North Star: serving victims by supporting law enforcement.
LETTAC uses the full range of strategies and modalities to engage with and support the field, including: Virtual or telephonic TTA Online or Web-based knowledge development resources Resource development and dissemination On-site TTA Listening sessions Regional trainings or conferences National trainings or conferences
Questions? We welcome your note at Contact@LETTAC.org.
Colleagues and Collaborations
Since 1995, OVW’s Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program has provided OVW grantees with the training, expertise, and problem-solving strategies needed to meet the challenges of addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. OVW’s TTA projects offer in-person and online educational opportunities, peer-to-peer consultations, site visits, and tailored assistance that allow OVW grantees and potential grantees (those entities that are eligible for OVW grant program funding) to learn from experts and one another about how to respond to crimes of violence against women effectively. In shaping its TTA Program, OVW receives input from its grant recipients, on a regular basis, so that the technical assistance (TA) provided by OVW and its TA providers can be refined as necessary to meet grantee needs. To continue to meet the needs of the growing grantee, potential grantee, and subgrantee communities, the OVW TTA Program and its TA providers must work together to continually enhance the existing and changing landscape of TTA. Learn more at https://www.ta2ta.org/.