The Communications X-Change
Thank you, Futures Without Violence!
The COMMUNICATIONS X-CHANGE is an online library of materials contributed by organizations and individuals around the world who are working to end violence against women and children. CHECK IT OUT!
Intimate Partner Violence from 1993-2010
Take a peek(Thanks APIIDV):
- “However, during the more recent 10-year period from 2001 to 2010, the decline in the overall intimate partner violence rate slowed and stabilized while the overall violent crime rate continued to decline.” (p. 1) [emphasis added]
- Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49. (p. 4)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published an update to the In Focus fact sheet, “Disproportionate Minority Contact.
Wider Opportunities for Women and the Economic Security for Survivors Project’s Economic Empowerment Spotlight!
Get More Grants by Developing Relationships with Funders
Key topics include:
- How to match your communication with the different funder types
- Details on how to prepare for the crucial first communication and introduction of your organization
- How to build a relationship where each step takes you towards receiving a request for a proposal, getting the grant and building a long term funding partnership
Office on Violence Against Women Funding Resources:
Another Reminder of Fast-Approaching Deadlines:
The Office on Violence Against Women is pleased to announce that the following Fiscal Year 2012 Solicitations are now available. The Grants.gov registration deadline is March 15, 2012. It is strongly encouraged that applicants begin the registration process well in advance of the deadline. For more information on the process of registering with Grants.gov, please see the Reference Guide at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/resource-guidebook.pdf.
1. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Technical Assistance Program
Application Deadline: April 17, 2012
Applicants are limited to nonprofit national, tribal or statewide organizations and institutions of higher education. Since 1995, OVW’s Technical Assistance Program has provided OVW grantees with the training, expertise, and problem-solving strategies they need to meet the challenges of addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. OVW’s technical assistance projects have offered educational opportunities, conferences, peer-to-peer consultations, site visits, and tailored assistance that has allowed OVW grantees and potential grantees to learn from experts and one another about how to effectively respond to crimes of violence against women. In shaping its technical assistance program, OVW has actively solicited input from its grantees to ensure that efforts are responsive to the needs and concerns of local communities. As part of its commitment to continuous improvement, OVW seeks feedback on a regular basis from its grant recipients so that the technical assistance can be enhanced and refined as necessary to meet these needs. The primary purpose of the OVW TA Program is to provide direct technical assistance to grantees and subgrantees to enhance and support their efforts to successfully implement local projects supported by OVW grant funds. In addition, OVW is focused on building the capacity of criminal justice and victim services organizations to respond effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and fostering partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address violence against women.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/ta-sol-fy12.pdf
2. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Grant Program
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012
The Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), 42 U.S.C. §14043g, and is the first Federal funding stream dedicated solely to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. The SASP encompasses four different grant programs for the following entities: 1) States and Territories; 2) Tribes; 3) culturally specific organizations; and 4) State, Territorial, and Tribal sexual assault coalitions. Overall, the purpose of SASP is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault. 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 (hereinafter referred to as the 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.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/sasp-cultural-solicitation2012.pdf
3. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Court Training and Improvements Program
Application Deadline: April 11, 2012
The Court Training and Improvements Program (Courts Program) recognizes that judicial education and specialized court processes play an integral role in effective responses to the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. As knowledge about violence against women has grown, it has become clear that the most effective response is created when all parts of the justice system coordinate and collaborate to address this issue. A critical element in the success of specialized courts is the involvement of all parts of the justice system working together to examine the system’s response to sexual and domestic violence, including promoting cooperation between the courts, other criminal justice agencies, and community programs through coordinated community response initiatives.
In order to significantly improve internal civil and criminal court functions, court-based and court-related personnel must be educated on sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and dating violence. In cases of domestic violence, research indicates that mandatory and ongoing training for judges enables them to become more sensitive to the needs of victims and understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. Judges have also acknowledged that better training on the unique challenges and varying types of adult victim sexual assault cases would significantly improve their decision-making skills when ruling on these matters. Through specific training, judges and other court personnel can work with their communities to develop specialized practices and utilize educational resources that will result in significantly improved responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases, ensure offender accountability, and promote informed judicial decision-making.
In addition, courts that have adopted a specialized approach in the handling of domestic violence cases are seeing significant improvements in victim safety, and offender accountability, decreases in re-offenses and re-abuse, and more efficient case-flow processing. There continues to be a need for stronger case coordination, specialized intake processes, judicial monitoring, and ongoing training for judges handling sexual and domestic violence cases. This Courts program creates a unique opportunity for Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial, and local courts or court-based programs to significantly improve court responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases through the creation of dedicated court dockets, specialized courts, and enhanced court procedures, and by providing key opportunities for training to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/courts-program-sol.pdf
4. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Application Deadline: April 18, 2012
Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is now open to federally recognized tribes or tribal consortium. You can submit a single application and select from 10 competitive grant programs. This year $101.5 million is available grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The funding can be used to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes and assist law enforcement. This FY 2012 CTAS solicitation reflects improvements and refinements from earlier versions based on your feedback during tribal consultations and listening sessions, from a specially developed assessment tool about the application experience, and from written comments from applicants and grantees.
More information can be found here: http://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-sol.html
5. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program
Application Deadline: March 29, 2012
The OVW Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Grants made under this grant program support programs that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services. Successful transitional housing programs provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of victims and that allow victims to choose the course of action that is best for them. Transitional housing programs may offer individualized services such as counseling, support groups, safety planning, and advocacy services as well as practical services such as licensed child care, employment services, transportation vouchers, telephones, and referrals to other agencies. Trained staff and case managers may also be available to work with survivors to help them determine and reach their goals of permanent housing. More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/2012-th-solicitation.pdf
6. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program
Application Deadline: March 29, 2012
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, 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.
The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) expanded the scope of the Rural Program to include sexual assault and stalking, and modified the eligibility criteria, as well as the statutory purpose areas under which projects must be implemented. The title of the program was revised to reflect these changes. The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The Rural Program welcomes applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problem of sexual assault, By statute, at least 75% of the total amount of funding made available for this program shall be allocated to eligible entities located in rural states. A rural state is a state that has a population density of 52 or fewer persons per square mile or a state in which the largest county has fewer than 150,000 people, based on the decennial census of 2010.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/fy2012-rural-solicitation.pdf.
7. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities
Application Deadline: March 26, 2012
Recognizing the pressing need to focus on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals due to the proliferation of such crimes, Congress authorized the Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant Program (Disability Grant Program) in the Violence Against Women and the Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005. 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: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/SolicitationFINAL2-10-12.pdf.
8. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program
Application Deadline: March 29, 2012
Recognizing that individuals who are 50 years of age or older who are victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, face unique barriers to receiving assistance, Congress created the Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program (Abuse in Later Life Program). In Federal Fiscal Year 2012, OVW plans to fund projects that will support a comprehensive approach to addressing elder abuse in their communities. These projects will provide training to criminal justice professionals, governmental agency staff and victim assistants to enhance their ability to address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in their communities; provide cross training opportunities to professionals working with older victims; develop or enhance a coordinated community response to elder abuse; and provide or enhance services for victims who are 50 years of age or older (hereinafter “older victims”). The term “elder abuse” means any action against a person who is 50 years of age or older that constitutes the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish, or deprivation by a person, including a caregiver, of goods or services with the intent to cause physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/enhanced-training-services-sol.pdf
9. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program
Application Deadline: March 26, 2012
The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (the Arrest Program) recognizes that sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking1 are crimes that require the criminal justice system to hold offenders accountable for their actions through investigation, arrest, and prosecution of violent offenders, and through close judicial scrutiny and management of offender behavior. This discretionary grant program is designed to encourage State, local, and Tribal governments and State, local, and Tribal courts to treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system. The Arrest Program challenges the entire community to listen, communicate, identify problems, and share ideas that will result in new responses to ensure victim safety and offender accountability. More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/fy2012arrest-solicitation.pdf
10. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program
Application Deadline: March 26, 2012
The Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) (codified at 42 U.S.C. ‘ 14045a). This program creates a unique opportunity for targeted community-based organizations to address 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 in response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Culturally specific community-based organizations 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. They play a vital role in providing services that are relevant to their communities and address the complexity of needs. This discretionary grant program is designed to promote the maintenance and replication of existing programs providing culturally specific services to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims. The program also supports the development of innovative culturally specific strategies and projects to enhance access to services for victims who face obstacles to using traditional services and resources.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/FY2012CSSP.pdf
11. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
Application Deadline: March 26, 2012
The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance1 needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters arising as a consequence of that abuse or violence. Criminal legal assistance is limited to criminal matters relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. LAV Grant Program funds may not be used to provide criminal defense services. The LAV Grant Program makes awards to law school clinics, domestic violence victims’ programs and shelters, bar associations, rape crisis centers and other sexual assault services programs, private nonprofit entities, Indian Tribal governments and Tribal organizations, Territorial organizations, legal aid or statewide legal services, and faith- and/or community-based legal service providers. Grant funds may be used to provide direct legal services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in matters arising from abuse or violence and to provide enhanced training for lawyers representing these victims as well as advocates. The objective of the LAV Grant Program is to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/lavsolicitation-template2-12-12.pdf
12. OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program
Application Deadline: March 26, 2012
The Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program (Supervised Visitation Program) provides an opportunity for communities to support supervised visitation and safe exchange of children in situations involving domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, child abuse, or stalking. Studies have shown that the risk of violence is often greater for victims of domestic violence and their children after separation from an abusive situation.1 Even after separation, batterers often use visitation and exchange of children as an opportunity to inflict additional emotional, physical, and/or psychological abuse on victims and their children. Visitation and exchange services provided through the Supervised Visitation Program should reflect a clear understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking; the impact of domestic violence on children; and the importance of holding offenders accountable for their actions.
More information can be found here: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/FinalSVSolicitation2-10-2012.pdf.