OVW Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Contact:

Catherine Poston
Attorney Advisor
U.S. Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
145 N Street NE
Suite 10W.121
Washington, D.C. 20530
202-307-6026

Requests may also be submitted to OVW.FOIA@usdoj.gov.  Please note this address is only for Freedom of Information Act requests and not for any other business you may have with the Office on Violence Against Women.

Conventional Reading Room:

Call 202-307-6026 for access instructions.

FOIA Library:

Final Opinions and Orders Made in the Adjudication of Cases

OVW does not possess any records in this category because OVW is not a litigating office.

Agency Policy Statements

Memorandum on OVW Policy Regarding Children at OVW-Sponsored Events (PDF)

Memorandum on U.S. Department of Justice Policies Pertaining to OVW Technical Assistance Grants (PDF)

List of Significant Guidance Documents

SAFE Protocol (PDF)

SAFE Training Standards (PDF)

Minimum Standards of Training for Campus Security Personnel and Campus Disciplinary and Judicial Boards (PDF)

Minimum Standards for Establishing A Mandatory Prevention and Education Program for all Incoming Students on Campus (PDF)

Minimum Standards for Creating a Coordinated Community Response to Violence Against Women on Campus (PDF)

Administrative Staff Manuals and Instructions to Staff that Affect a Member of the Public

Financial Guide

Records Disclosed in Response to a FOIA Request that Have Become or are Likely to Become the Subject of Subsequent Requests for Substantially the Same Records

State by State OVW Grant Activities

State Administering Agencies

Component Description:

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. Created in 1995, OVW implements the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and provides national leadership on the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Since its inception, OVW has launched a multifaceted approach to implementing VAWA. By forging state, local, and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, the judiciary, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, and others, VAWA grants help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives and enable communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence.

DOJ Reference Guide:

A comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the U.S. Department of Justice.

General Information Related To Making a FOIA Request:

Please see The Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Reference Guide

Publicly Available Information for Which a FOIA Request is Not Required:

State by State OVW Grant Activities

State Administering Agencies

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