Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Now Open

OVW Fiscal Year 2015, Legal Assistance for Victims Grant
Application Deadline: March 11, 2015

The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence, at minimum or no cost to the victims. LAV Grant Program funds may not be used to provide criminal defense services.

More information can be found here: Legal Assistance for Victims Grant


Rural Grant Program Now Open

OVW Fiscal Year 2015, Rural Grant Program
Application Deadline: March 4, 2015

Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas. The geographic isolation, transportation barriers, economic structure, particularly strong social and cultural pressures, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions significantly compound the problems confronted by those seeking support and services to end the violence in their lives. These factors also complicate the ability of the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases. In addition, socio-cultural, economic, and geographic barriers create difficulties for victim services providers to identify and assist victims of these crimes.

More Information can be found here: Rural Grant Program


Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program

OVW Fiscal Year 2015, Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program
Application Deadline: February 24, 2015

The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (Tribal SAS Program) provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services. Tribal agencies, organizations, and nonprofits provide critical and culturally relevant services that are specifically responsive to the needs of sexual assault victims within tribal communities

More Information can be found here: Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program


Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program Now Open

OVW Fiscal Year 2015, Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program
Application Deadline: February 24, 2015

Survivors of sexual assault from culturally specific communities frequently confront unique and additional challenges, such as linguistic and cultural barriers, when seeking assistance. In order to provide the most appropriate services to such victims, the Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program (SASP Culturally Specific Grant Program) targets nonprofit organizations that focus primarily on culturally specific communities and have experience in the area of sexual assault or who partner with an organization having such expertise.

The goal of the SASP Culturally Specific Grant Program is to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by culturally specific organizations, which are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims within culturally specific populations. Types of services that can be provided under the SASP Culturally Specific Grant Program to sexual assault survivors includes intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adults, youth, and children.

More information can be found here: Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program


Coordinated Tribal Assistance Now Open

OVW Fiscal Year 2015, Coordinated Tribal Assistance
Application Deadline: February 24, 2015

The Coordinated Tribal Assistance program was created to engage in comprehensive justice system-wide strategic planning to improve tribal justice and community wellness and safety including activities outlined in the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), such as strategic planning and the development of a tribal action plan (TAP). The goal is to develop and enhance the effective plans for the Tribal Government to reduce violent crimes against Indian women and increase safety for Native women. The plans to reduce the violence and keep women safe can be based on tribal law and customs. This may include drafting or revising tribal codes related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, or stalking, as well as negotiating cross-jurisdictional agreements related to the investigation and prosecution of such crimes, the supervision of domestic violence offenders who have been sentenced to a period of probation, or registered sex offenders.

More information can be found here: Coordinated Tribal Assistance


Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Program

OVW Fiscal Year 2015, Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Program
Application Deadline: February 19, 2015

The Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant Program (Disability Grant Program) addresses the pressing need to focus on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals. The goal of the Disability Grant Program is to create sustainable change within and between organizations that results in accessible, safe and effective services for individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and accountability for perpetrators of such crimes.

Disability Grant Program funds will be used to establish and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborative relationships; increase organizational capacity to provide accessible, safe, and effective services to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of violence and abuse; and identify needs within the grantee’s organization and/or service area, and develop a plan to address those identified needs that builds a strong foundation for future work.

More information can be found here: Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Program


Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

OVW Fiscal Year 2015, Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program
Application Deadline: February 19, 2015

The Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program was created to support culturally specific community-based organizations in addressing the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture and effectively addresses language and communication barriers. Advocates report that survivors are more inclined to seek services from organizations that are familiar with their culture, language and background and that there is no “one size fits all” approach to adequately address these critical needs. Culturally specific community-based organizations are more likely to understand the complex, multi-layered challenges and obstacles that victims from their communities face when attempting to access services. They are also better equipped to form essential relationships and engage their communities in the creation and implementation of services relevant to the diverse and unique needs of the victims.

More information can be found here: Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault


OVW Justice for Families Program Now Open

OVW FY 2015, Justice for Families Program
Application deadline: February 11, 2015

The purpose of the Justice for Families program is to improve the response of all aspects 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 includes purpose areas previously authorized under the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation) and the Court Training and Improvements Program (Courts), along with new purpose areas.
More information can be found here: Justice for Families Program


Lethality Assessment Protocol Training

Attention Law Enforcement and Domestic Violence Advocates

The Office of Attorney General is offering additional Lethality Assessment Protocol Training sessions for those who were unable to attend in October. The first session is scheduled for February 12th in McAlester, and a Norman location has just been added for February 25th. The final training will be scheduled in March and we are looking for a venue in the Northwestern part of the state.

For a McAlester training application, click here.  For a Norman training application, click here.