Office on Violence Against Women

Office on Violence Against Women

End sexual violence on campus. Get our action packet.
End sexual violence on campus. Get our action packet.


Webinar: New STOP Rule Clarifies Several Issues

On Jan. 5, OVW attorneys will explain the new final rule about the STOP Forumla Grant Program. Get the details about how to participate. The new rule was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 29, 2016.

Webinars about Keeping Housing Both Safe and Fair

  • On Nov 16, experts discussed enforcement of nuisance abatement ordinances, fair housing and how to keep housing free of crime by using data. Get the presentation by contacting
  • On Oct 20, experts explained the impact of nuisance abatement ordinances, what HUD’s new guidance means for families that experience domestic violence and how to use HUD’s complaint process.Get the Presentations [PDF].   

Campus Sexual Assault Student Action Packet

Want to get data about sexual assault on your campus? Conduct a campus climate survey. Get started with OVW's Student Action Packet. 

Get the Action Packet or the individual pieces (FAQs, Fact Sheet, Q&As with administrators and students, Talking Points). 

Give Us Feedback for VAWA Conferrals

The six listening sessions are over, but you can still send feedback until December 31: Get details about the conferral.

Funds Awarded under the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act

For the first time, in fiscal year 2016, OVW awarded funds under the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act (RSCCA). States were eligible to receive additional funds in their Stop Violence Against Women (STOP) and Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) formula awards (up to 10% of the three-year average of combined STOP and SASP formula grant funds, with 75% of that amount supplementing the SASP award, and 25% supplementing the STOP award) if the state meets the requirements of the Act.  To qualify, the state must have a law that allows the mother of a child conceived through rape to seek court-ordered termination of the parental rights of the rapist with regard to that child, which the court is authorized to grant upon clear and convincing evidence of rape. States are eligible to receive the funds a total of four times.

The following states with qualifying statutes applied for and received additional funding in their fiscal year 2016 STOP and SAP awards: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin.  

Meet the Director

Meet OVW Leadership

Bea Hanson, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Director
Principal Deputy Director

Bea Hanson, Ph.D., is the Principal Deputy Director of the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

OVW has published the new final rule about the STOP (Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors) Formula Grant Program. The new rule updates regulations and general provisions governing OVW grant programs, including definitions and requirements for nondisclosure of confidential information about victims as outlined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). One part of the rule applies to all OVW grantees, and one part specifically governs grantees who receive funding through OVW’s STOP Formula Grant Program. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November is Native American Heritage Month. OVW continues to work to decrease the numbers of American Indian and Alaska Native women who become victim to violence, to strengthen the capacity of tribal governments to respond to violent crimes and to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Colleges and universities working to end sexual assault using best practices have a free, validated campus climate survey that will generate data about the exact nature and extent of sexual assault on their campuses.  This blog discusses the survey and associated best practices, including maintaining confidentiality and using the data to devise a long-term plan. This is the third in our series of articles about keeping campuses safe. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

This is the second in our series about keeping campuses safe. It is describes best practices for notifying students and employees about their rights, options, and resources if they become victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The notifications are required by the Clery Act. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. This first blog in a series about best practices to prevent and reduce sexual assault on campus. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) was thrilled to participate in the United State of Women Summit on June 14, 2016. Over 5,000 people traveled to Washington, D.C., from all across the country and around the world; many thousands more attended via livestream, which you can watch on the Summit’s website. The White House Council on Women and Girls coordinated the event to both celebrate the progress that’s been made over the past seven and a half years and to galvanize action for the work that still lies ahead.

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