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December
2021

Upcoming Webinar Opportunities on Assisting Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Trafficking

Event Dates:

  • December 13, 2021 (Improving Outcomes in Family Court for Non-Citizen Survivors Involved Custody Disputes)
  • January 11, 2022 (Assisting Adult Immigrant Women Who Are Survivors of Human Trafficking)

The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) invites attorneys, crime victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecutors to these training opportunities on custody disputes, immigration relief for trafficking victims, and more. (Please note: These webinars are hosted by NIWAP at American University Washington College of Law & The National Judicial Network. They are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Office on Violence Against Women.)

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2
December
2021

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Fiscal Year 2021 Firearms Technical Assistance Project Pilot Sites Initiative Solicitation

Application Closing Date: January 18, 2022

Abusers often use or threaten to use firearms against victims of domestic violence, and research demonstrates that when an abuser has access to a firearm, domestic violence is far more likely to be deadly. In fact, an abuser’s access to firearms is the single greatest risk factor for intimate partner homicide. To support communities in responding to this crisis, OVW is offering competitive awards to support up to six sites to participate in its Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). Funding will support selected communities in implementing domestic violence firearms laws and establishing a localized response that correlates to their distinct needs and incorporates comprehensive, culturally specific approaches to enhance victim and survivor safety by addressing the nexus of firearms and domestic violence.

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November
2021

Domestic Violence Prevention Program

Application Closing Date: February 2, 2022

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for grants for the Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP) program. These grants will support the development and/or expansion of a DVP program by incorporating prevention efforts addressing social, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of victims through the integration of culturally appropriate practices and trauma-informed services for Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Urban Indian organizations serving the American Indian/Alaska Native population. (IHS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. These grants are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Office on Violence Against Women.)

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23
November
2021

Domestic Violence Prevention: Forensic Healthcare Services

Application Closing Date: February 2, 2022

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for grants that will develop and/or expand Forensic Healthcare (FHC) services. These grants will support access to treatment for American Indian/Alaska Native victims of domestic and sexual violence by supporting the development of and/or expansion of FHC services that are culturally appropriate and trauma-informed. They will also promote treatment, intervention, and prevention efforts for the social, spiritual, and emotional well-being of victims, including victims of child maltreatment. (IHS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. These grants are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Office on Violence Against Women.)

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23
November
2021

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Open Solicitations

Application Closing Dates: Ongoing

Visit often to stay up to date on the latest funding opportunities from OVW. Sign up to be notified when a new solicitation is released.

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23
November
2021

New Resource! Domestic Violence Resource for Increasing Safety and Connection (DV RISC)

Did you know that nearly half of female murder victims and one in 13 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners? For more than two decades, the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) has worked in New York and across the country to strengthen court and community responses to domestic violence. But for so many victims, the response comes tragically too late. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2021, CCI launched DV RISC, a survivor-centered initiative to reduce risk and prevent homicide in intimate partner violence cases. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice‘s Office on Violence Against Women, the DV RISC strategy includes a new website providing resources and support for those working to reduce risk and prevent homicide in intimate partner violence.

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November
2021

Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People

On November 15, 2021, the White House released the Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People. As noted by President Joseph Biden in the order, “The safety and well-being of all Native Americans is a top priority for my Administration. My Administration will work hand in hand with Tribal Nations and Tribal partners to build safe and healthy Tribal communities and to support comprehensive law enforcement, prevention, intervention, and support services. … My Administration understands that Native American people, particularly the survivors of violence, know best what their communities need to make them safer. Consistent engagement, commitment, and collaboration will drive long-term improvement to public safety for all Native Americans.”

National Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officers:  Suicide Is Preventable and It Starts with You!

18
November
2021

Line Officer Training: Staying Healthy and Resilient

Events: Ongoing

The National Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officers (SAFLEO) Program is pleased to offer a range of trainings for various roles within law enforcement agencies, including opportunities for executives, supervisors, and line officers as well as train-the-trainer events. Visit the SAFLEO events page for the latest offerings. Please note: These trainings are sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. They are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Office on Violence Against Women.

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October
2021

Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act

On Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Reauthorizing the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In her testimony she highlighted OVW’s priorities for the VAWA reauthorization bill.

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6
October
2021

Justice Department Commemorates National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Justice Department joins law enforcement partners, victim services professionals, advocates, and communities across the country in observing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and announces more than $476 million in Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grants. The funding supports projects that meaningfully address the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors, improve access to justice, enhance survivor safety, hold accountable those who have caused harm, and provide training and technical assistance to an array of professionals and systems working to address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in every state and territory, as well as dozens of tribal communities.

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2
July
2021

Working Together to Reduce Gender-Based Violence Here and Around the World, July 2, 2021

This blog post, courtesy of Allison Randall, Acting Director, Office on Violence Against Women, discusses the impact of the announcement that the United States has joined global partners – including governments, civil society, and the private sector – in making commitments as part of the Generation Equality Forum. The commitments laid out in this White House fact sheet demonstrate a broad government-wide approach to reducing gender-based violence and to working together here in the U.S. and around the world. While tremendous progress has been made in addressing gender-based violence, serious gaps remain and deep-seated inequities must be addressed. The Biden-Harris Administration’s domestic and global priorities include policy and resource commitments to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence; strengthen women’s economic security; and protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.