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Justice Department Announces $2.7 Million in Grants for Six Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative Projects

Initiative Focuses on Expanding Services in Rural and Tribal Communities and Within Culturally Specific Populations

September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence
Against Women (OVW) today announced awards to six projects for a total of
$2.7 million under the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI).  The
SADI is OVW’s  first large scale project to determine best practices
and needed action in reaching more sexual assault survivors and providing
comprehensive sexual assault services.

The six demonstration sites, each receiving three year awards for $450,000
are: Gila River Indian Community, Sacaton, Arizona; Shelter, Inc., Alpena,
Michigan; Doves, Inc., Gering, Nebraska; New York Asian Women’s Center,
Inc., New York, New York; Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, Pittsboro,
North Carolina; and SafePlace, Olympia, Washington.

The goals of the initiative are to increase outreach to those populations
experiencing sexual assault in their communities, but not currently accessing
services; develop models of service provision that prioritize the needs
of sexual assault survivors; and assess the efficacy of those steps in increasing
the numbers and types of sexual assault survivors who access those newly
enhanced services.

“Sexual assault is a complex crime that affects every sector of our
society,” said Susan B. Carbon, Director of OVW.  “Coordinated
victim services, including emotional and medical support along with a well
defined criminal justice response are vital to helping victims and
their families heal.  This demonstration initiative will provide
support for the development of best practices that will significantly
impact OVW’s future work and the work of our partners.”

Specifically, the SADI will enhance the range of service options for victims
of sexual assault; improve the overall treatment of sexual assault victims;
and enhance the skills and knowledge of advocates working with victims and
survivors. The project will identify barriers to providing quality assistance
and advocacy and document and disseminate solutions for replication.

At the conclusion of this project, key tools, methods and strategies will
be developed in conjunction with the demonstration sites, and disseminated
widely to the broader field of dual/multi-service agencies serving sexual
assault survivors. Promising practices and innovative strategies will be
made available through publications and trainings developed by OVW, the
National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project and the National
Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Director Carbon announced these awards today at the National Sexual Assault
Conference (NSAC) in Baltimore.  The NSAC provides advanced training
opportunities for victim advocates and other professionals working to prevent
intervene and heal sexual violence.