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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.