The Justice for Families Program was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) to improve the response of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The program supports the following activities for improving the capacity of courts and communities to respond to families affected by the targeted crimes:
- Court-based and court-related programs
- Supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents
- Training for people who work with families in the court system
- Civil legal services
- Provision of resources in juvenile court matters.
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is interested in funding projects that take a coordinated approach to helping families victimized by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as they navigate the justice system. To help achieve this coordinated approach, applicants may propose either a standard project or a comprehensive project.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to OVW.JFF@usdoj.gov by January 8, 2021.
The following entities are eligible to apply for this program:
- Units of local government
- Courts (including juvenile courts)
- Indian tribal governments
- Nonprofit organizations
- Legal services providers
- Victim service providers
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at OVW.JFF@usdoj.gov or call (202) 307-6026.