Funding Opportunity

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant Program

Closed:
Solicitation

​Deadlines:

  • Grants.gov Deadline:  March 29, 2021 11:59 PM
  • Application JustGrants Deadline:  March 31, 2021 11:59 PM

 

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant Program (ICJR Program; see FY 2021 OVW ICJR Solicitation) encourages state, local, and tribal governments and courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system.

 

               Purpose Areas:  Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 10461(b), funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. To implement pro-arrest programs and policies in police departments, including policies for protection order violations and enforcement of protection orders across state and tribal lines.
  2. To develop policies, educational programs, protection order registries, data collection systems, and training in police departments to improve tracking of cases and classification of complaints involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Policies, educational programs, protection order registries, and training described in this paragraph shall incorporate confidentiality, and privacy protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  3. To centralize and coordinate police enforcement, prosecution, or judicial responsibility for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases in teams or units of police officers, prosecutors, parole and probation officers, or judges.
  4. To coordinate computer tracking systems and provide the appropriate training and education about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking to ensure communication between police, prosecutors, parole and probation officers, and both criminal and family courts.
  5. To strengthen legal advocacy service programs and other victim services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including strengthening assistance to such victims in immigration matters.
  6. To educate federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local judges, courts, and court-based and court-related personnel in criminal and civil courts (including juvenile courts) about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to improve judicial handling of such cases.
  7. To provide technical assistance and computer and other equipment to police departments, prosecutors, courts, and tribal jurisdictions to facilitate the widespread enforcement of protection orders, including interstate enforcement, enforcement between states and tribal jurisdictions, and enforcement between tribal jurisdictions.
  8. To develop or strengthen policies and training for police, prosecutors, and the judiciary in recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking against older individuals (as defined in section 3002 of title 42) and individuals with disabilities (as defined in section 12102(2) of title 42).
  9. To develop state, tribal, territorial, or local policies, procedures, and protocols for preventing dual arrests and prosecution in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to develop effective methods for identifying the pattern and history of abuse that indicates which party is the actual perpetrator of abuse.
  10. To plan, develop and establish comprehensive victim service and support centers, such as family justice centers, designed to bring together victim advocates from victim service providers, staff from population specific organizations, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, governmental victim assistants, forensic medical professionals, civil legal attorneys, chaplains, legal advocates, representatives from community-based organizations and other relevant public or private agencies or organizations into one centralized location, in order to improve safety, access to services, and confidentiality for victims and families. Although funds may be used to support the colocation of project partners under this paragraph, funds may not support construction or major renovation expenses or activities that fall outside of the scope of the other statutory purpose areas.
  11. To develop and implement policies and training for police, prosecutors, probation and parole officers, and the judiciary in recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of sexual assault, with an emphasis on recognizing the threat to the community for repeat crime perpetration by such individuals.
  12. To develop, enhance, and maintain protection order registries.
  13. To develop human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing programs for sexual assault perpetrators and notification and counseling protocols.
  14. To develop and implement training programs for prosecutors and other prosecution-related personnel regarding best practices to ensure offender accountability, victim safety, and victim consultation in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  15. To develop or strengthen policies, protocols, and training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and the judiciary in recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking against immigrant victims, including the appropriate use of applications for nonimmigrant status under subparagraphs (T) and (U) of section 1101(a)(15) of title 8.
  16. To develop and promote state, local, or tribal legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including the appropriate treatment of victims.
  17. To develop, implement, or enhance sexual assault nurse examiner programs or sexual assault forensic examiner programs, including the hiring and training of such examiners.
  18. To develop, implement, or enhance Sexual Assault Response Teams or similar coordinated community responses to sexual assault.
  19. To develop and strengthen policies, protocols, and training for law enforcement officers and prosecutors regarding the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases and the appropriate treatment of victims.
  20. To provide human immunodeficiency virus testing programs, counseling, and prophylaxis for victims of sexual assault.
  21. To identify and inventory backlogs of sexual assault evidence collection kits and to develop protocols for responding to and addressing such backlogs, including policies and protocols for notifying and involving victims.
  22. To develop multidisciplinary high-risk teams focusing on reducing domestic violence and dating violence homicides by: a. using evidence-based indicators to assess the risk of homicide and link high-risk victims to immediate crisis intervention services; b. identifying and managing high-risk offenders; and  c. providing ongoing victim advocacy and referrals to comprehensive services including legal, housing, health care, and economic assistance. Note: Given the intensive nature of implementing purpose area 22, the only purpose area that can be combined with this is purpose area 3.
  23. To develop, strengthen, and implement policies, protocols, and training for law enforcement regarding cases of missing or murdered Indians, as described in section 5704 of title 25.
  24. To compile and annually report data to the Attorney General related to missing or murdered Indians, as described in section 5705 of title 25.

Award Period and Amounts

  • New Applicants:  The award period is 48 months for new applicants and continuation applicants seeking to implement purpose area 22 for the first time.  OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2021.
  • Continuation Applicants: The award period is 36 months for continuation applicants. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2021
  • Funding levels under this program for FY 2021 are:
    • $500,000 for projects with a service area population up to 400,000 for the entire 36 or 48 months.
    • $750,000 for projects with a service area population 400,001 to 700,000 for the entire 36 or 48 months.
    • $1,000,000 for projects with a service area population 700,001 and above for the entire 36 or 48 months.
    • $1,000,000 for statewide projects, regardless of service area population for the entire 36 or 48 months.
  • Note!  In an effort to encourage new applicants to apply for ICJR funding, 10 points will be applied to applications from jurisdictions who have not previously received ICJR funding. Additional information is provided in the Mandatory Program Requirements section of the solicitation.

OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2021.

 

For additional information about this program and related performance measures, including how awards contribute to the achievement of program goals and objectives, see:

Deadlines:

  • Grants.gov Deadline:  March 29, 2021 11:59 PM
  • Application JustGrants Deadline:  March 31, 2021 11:59 PM
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