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Stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from OVW, the Administration, the field, and the nation. Check out spotlight events and activities to attend virtually or in person. Interested in funding opportunities? Explore solicitations and calls for proposals from OVW, partners, and stakeholders.

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Justice Department Applauds Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta today applauded the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, which President Joe Biden signed into law this week. 

"Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are serious violations of criminal law that demand our sustained attention and action," said Attorney General Garland. "The Department of Justice welcomes the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and will continue to use the resources at our disposal to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and provide critical services for survivors."

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Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks Via Webinar Announcing Two New Resources for Law Enforcement from Office on Violence Against Women

On February 24, 2022, at the launch of LETTAC and DV RISC, two new survivor-centered resources, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said “We cannot reduce, prevent or end violence without providing law enforcement agencies with the tools, training and resources they need."

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Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Announces Two New Resources to Support Law Enforcement from Office on Violence Against Women

Read the U.S. Department of Justice Press Release:

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta announced at a webinar today two new training and technical assistance (TTA) resources from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW): the National Violence Against Women Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Consortium (LETTAC) and the Domestic Violence Resource for Increasing Safety and Connection (DV RISC).

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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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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.”