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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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OVW Celebrates Black History Month

In this news article, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is elated to honor Black History Month with grantees and the Department of Justice. For almost 30 years, OVW awarded more than $9.5 billion in grants and cooperative agreements to communities across the United States. This Black History Month, we honor the work of grantees as well as OVW leaders who continue to lift up the voices of Black individuals and lead innovative programs and initiatives to respond to and prevent gender-based violence.

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Beyond the Basics: Advancing Human Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions (Free Training Event)

Join the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on January 23–25, 2023, in Camarillo, California, for Beyond the Basics:  Advancing Human Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions. This free, in-person, advanced human trafficking training provides law enforcement and prosecutors with innovative, practical, and trauma-informed strategies to enhance victim-centered responses and offender-focused investigations and prosecutions.

This training will discuss:

  1. Investigative strategies that do not rely on victim disclosures to identify evidence of labor and sex trafficking;
  2. How introducing evidence of trauma at trial can help maximize offender accountability; and
  3. Interview techniques and approaches to addressing the fears and barriers that impact a victim’s ability to participate in the criminal justice process.

Who is this training for? Sworn law enforcement, prosecutors, and analysts/investigators within law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies who have significant experience with investigations and prosecutions related to human trafficking (IACP membership is not required).

Register here: https://form.jotform.com/223185661642053.

For more information about the event, please visit https://www.theiacp.org/projects/anti-human-trafficking-training-and-technical-assistance.

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Justice Department Observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Justice Department joins law enforcement agencies, victim service providers, survivors, victims, advocates and communities nationwide in recognizing the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence is serious and prevalent, and its impact does not stay within the home; it ripples out into workplaces, schools and entire communities. DVAM is a time to show support for those who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, and to give gratitude to first responders and victim service providers. DVAM encourages communities to bolster prevention efforts, improve responses to meet survivors’ needs, promote best practices and expand access to justice to all communities, especially for those who are underserved and marginalized.

The Justice Department also announces nearly $70 million in FY22 grant funding under the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Improving Criminal Justice Responses (ICJR) to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program.

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Office on Violence Against Women’s (OVW) Anticipated FY23 Solicitation Release Plan

The Office on Violence Against Women’s (OVW) anticipated FY23 solicitation release plan is based on the appropriations received in FY22 and may be subject to change.

For general information about requirements across OVW’s grant programs, please review the OVW Solicitation Companion Guide, and the General Terms and Conditions for OVW awards. Once an FY23 solicitation has been released, it can be found on Grants.gov or on the OVW Open Solicitations Page.

Applicants should review each program’s solicitation for detailed information regarding eligibility and application requirements. If a program’s FY23 solicitation has not yet been published, potential applicants can review the program’s FY22 solicitation on the OVW Closed Solicitation page to get a basic understanding of the program’s purpose and requirements. However, please note that solicitation requirements can change from year to year, and closed solicitations should not be used as templates when developing FY23 proposals.

Please note: in order to make timely funding decisions, OVW may release solicitations pending enactment of a full-year FY23 appropriation. Once an FY23 appropriation has been enacted, a program’s solicitation may be cancelled if the program does not receive an appropriation.

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Justice Department Announces More Than $246 Million in Grants for Tribal Nations

The Justice Department announced today that it will award more than $246 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to improve public safety and serve crime victims. The announcement coincides with the 17th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation, held from Sept. 21st to 23rd in Anchorage, Alaska. The purpose of this event is to solicit recommendations from Tribal leaders on administering Tribal funds and programs and enhancing the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, homicide, stalking, and sex trafficking, along with strengthening the federal response to these crimes. More than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native adults have suffered violence in their lifetime, equating to nearly three million people who have experienced stalking, sexual violence, or physical violence by intimate partners. “Ensuring access to justice for all is at the core of the Justice Department’s mission and is the key objective of multiple efforts across the Department,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. The Tribal grant awards are designed to help enhance Tribal justice systems and strengthen law enforcement responses, improve the handling of child abuse cases, combat domestic and sexual violence, support Tribal youth programs, and fund an array of services for American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) administer the awards.