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. The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Women Act of 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.
In FY 2020, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration:
- Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention.
- Increase efforts to combat stalking.
- Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Eligible applicants are limited to:
- units of local government
- courts (including juvenile courts)
- Indian tribal governments
- nonprofit organizations
- legal services providers
- victim service providers.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to OVW.JFF@usdoj.gov
by December 20, 2019.
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, please send an email to OVW.JFF@usdoj.gov
or call OVW at (202) 307-6026.