The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) today announced nearly $31 million in upcoming grants to improve outreach, services and support for survivors of sexual assault , domestic violence, dating violence and harassment in underserved communities and culturally specific populations. Specifically, OVW’s Grants to Enhance Culturally-Specific Services and Sexual Assault Services – Culture-Specific Programs will award a combined total of $18,315,762 across 59 grants to promote community-based programs that provide culturally specific services. and linguistically specific. Under the Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Grant Program, OVW will award $4,499,858 to 10 grantees to provide victim services and deploy outreach strategies tailored to the needs of survivors from underserved populations . The OVW Disability Grants Program will award $4,119,788 for 10 projects aimed at building the capacity of the entire community to provide accessible, safe and effective services to survivors with disabilities and Deaf people. Additionally, through the Abuse in Later Life program, OVW will award $3,650,833 to six grantees to create multidisciplinary partnerships for a holistic approach to addressing elder abuse. OVW Acting Director Allison Randall announced the funding at the 2022 National Conference on Domestic Violence.
“By advancing fairness for all, we can promote public safety and increase public trust,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said. “Today’s announcement advances OVW’s work to implement the Department of Justice’s Equity Action Plan. By increasing grants to culturally specific community organizations, OVW helps reduce violence and advance civil rights. »
“It is imperative that we reflect on the barriers that stand between survivors and their access to justice, safety and healing – including barriers in our own services and systems – and that we commit to removing these barriers said acting director Randall. “At OVW, we make that commitment by increasing funding to organizations run by and for communities of color and historically marginalized and underserved populations. In this year’s grant applications, we prioritized funding for organizations culturally-specific community organizations, tribal organizations, and population-specific organizations.This is critical, as advocates report that survivors are more likely to seek services from organizations they can trust and who know their culture, language and background.
OVW’s Culturally Specific Services program funds the development of innovative culturally and linguistically specific approaches that provide survivors with services they might not find in traditional organizations. The Disability Program funds education, training, services and capacity building to ensure that people with disabilities can safely and fully access resources in their communities for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Through training and services, the Abuse in Later Life program addresses abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or harassment, against victims aged 50 or over.
The OVW plays a leadership role in developing the country’s capacity to reduce violence through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. Established in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at www.justice.gov/ovw.