Grant Details

Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program

 
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    CFDA#

    16.590
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Office on Violence against Women (OVW)

    Summary

    Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program (Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program)  is designed to encourage partnerships between state, local, and tribal governments, courts, victim service providers, coalitions and rape crisis centers, to ensure that sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are treated as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system and community-based victim service organizations. The Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program challenges the community to work collaboratively to identify problems, and share ideas that will result in new responses to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.

    In FY 2017, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration during the review process.

    • Strengthen and revitalize coordinated community response and multi-disciplinary teams, prioritizing those that meaningfully involve organizations and programs that focus on marginalized communities;
    • Increase support for sexual assault, including services, law enforcement response and prosecution;
    • Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.);
    • Increase the use of promising or evidence-building practices, where available; and
    • Integrate principles outlined in recent Department of Justice guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence into policies, training, and supervisions protocols and systems of accountability. 
    Funds may be used for the following statutory purpose areas:
    • 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.
    • 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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
    • Centralize and coordinate police enforcement, prosecution, or judicial responsibility for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases in teams or units of police officers, prosecutors, parole and probation officers, or judges.
    • Coordinate computer tracking systems and provide the appropriate training about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to ensure communication between police, prosecutors, parole and probation officers, and both criminal and family courts.
    • Strengthen legal advocacy service programs and other victim services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including strengthening assistance to such victims in immigration matters.
    • 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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and improve judicial handling of such cases.
    • 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.
    • Develop or strengthen policies and training for police, prosecutors, and the judiciary in recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against older individuals and individuals with disabilities.
    • Develop state, tribal, territorial, or local policies, procedures, and protocols for preventing dual arrests and prosecutions in cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and develop effective methods for identifying the pattern and history of abuse that indicates which party is the actual perpetrator of abuse; the actual perpetrator of abuse.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Develop, enhance and maintain protection order registries.
    • Develop human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing programs for sexual assault perpetrators and notification and counseling protocols.
    • 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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
    • Develop or strengthen policies, protocols, and training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and the judiciary in recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against immigrant victims, including the appropriate use of applications for nonimmigrant status
    • Develop and promote state, local, or tribal legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including the appropriate treatment of victims.
    • Develop, implement, or enhance sexual assault nurse examiner programs or sexual assault forensic examiner programs, including the hiring and training of such examiners.
    • Develop, implement, or enhance Sexual Assault Response Teams or similar coordinated community responses to sexual assault.
    • 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.
    • Provide human immunodeficiency virus testing programs, counseling, and prophylaxis for victims of sexual assault.
    • Identify and inventory backlogs of sexual assault evidence collection kits and develop protocols for responding to and addressing such backlogs, including policies and protocols for notifying and involving victims.
    • Develop multidisciplinary high-risk teams focusing on reducing domestic violence and dating violence homicides
     

    History of Funding

    For additional information on the Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program, including what past grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program performance measures and reporting data, see http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/vawamei/cdsarrestmain.htm

    Additional Information

    The following types of activities will not be supported:

    • Research projects (This does not include program assessments conducted only for internal improvement purposes).
    • Direct legal representation. Grant funds may not be used to provide legal representation in civil and criminal matters, such as family law cases, divorce, custody, visitation and child support, housing cases, consumer law cases, etc.
    • Prevention activities. Grant funds may not be used for prevention activities, e.g., outreach to elementary and secondary schools, implementation of educational programs regarding domestic and dating violence intervention, and public/community awareness campaigns.
    • Family violence services. Grant funds may not be used to address child abuse, other family violence issues such as violence perpetrated by a child against a parent, or violence perpetrated by a sibling against another sibling.
    • Services for children. Grant funds may not be used to provide direct services to children, including children who are witnesses or victims of violence, except where such services are an ancillary part of providing services to the parent of a child who is a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking (such as providing child care services while the victim receives services).
    • Sex offender registry. Grant funds may not be used to create sex offender registries.

    Contacts

    OVW Reducing Sexual Violence Grants Staff

    OVW Reducing Sexual Violence Grants Staff
    145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121
    Washington', DC 20530
    (202) 307-6026
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are limited to: states; Indian tribal governments; state, tribal and local courts (including juvenile courts); units of local government; state, tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions; or victim service providers.  Grant recipients that received funding for 36 months in Fiscal Year 2015 or 2016 are NOT eligible to apply for Fiscal Year 2017 awards.

    Mandatory Partnerships - An effective response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking begins with coordination of the public and private agencies that play a role in providing for victim safety and offender accountability. The required partnerships are:
    • Government and Court Applicants - These applicants are required to enter into a formal collaboration with one or more nonprofit, nongovernmental victim service provider(s) serving victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking. A victim service provider must be involved in the development and implementation of the project. 
    • Victim Service Provider Applicants - These applicants are required to enter into a formal collaboration with a state, local government, or tribal government as well as any specific governmental organizations that are necessary for the implementation of the proposed project.
    • Applicants Addressing Underserved Populations - Applicants providing services to underserved populations must also partner with population specific organizations for the development and implementation of the project. Victim service providers that qualify as population specific should demonstrate the necessary experience and expertise.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by February 16, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $50,000,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY17. Up to 55 awards are expected to be made. Awards will be up to $900,000. Awards will last for 36 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


     

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