Office on Violence Against Women

Office on Violence Against Women

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Webinar: Sexual Assault & Survivors with Disabilities 

Join us in a discussion to raise awareness, highlight strong examples and share resources for further engagement and training to better support sexual assault survivors with disabilities. As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Administration for Community Living are co-hosting this webinar. 

  • Audience: Domestic and sexual violence service providers and community-based programs
  • Date: April 24, 11:30 am ET, 10:30 CT, 9:30 am MT, 8:30 am PT
  • Register: 

Funding Opportunity: OVW has issued a Call for Concept Papers to implement lessons learned from the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative. Download the details and apply by June 2. 

Letter to grantees from Acting Director Nadine M. Neufville explains transition issues, including progress on solicitations and status of budgets.

►Webinar: New STOP Rule Clarifies Several Issues

On Jan 5, OVW attorneys explained the new final rule about the STOP Forumla Grant Program. The presentation will be available soon. The new rule was published in the Federal Register on Nov 29, 2016. Download the slides from the webinar

►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 Presentations [PDF].
  • On Oct 20, experts explained the impact of nuisance abatement ordinances, what HUD’s new guidance means for families who experience domestic violence and how to use HUD’s complaint process.Get the Presentations [PDF].   

►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.  


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The more you know, the safer you will be. That axiom is certainly true for campuses that are working to prevent and reduce sexual assault. When campus communities know more about the many interconnected aspects of sexual assault, the safer their campus will be.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Office on Violence Against Women consistently gives priority to proven strategies that further the common goal of ending domestic and sexual violence. Every two years, we submit a report to congress about the specific ways grants are impacting communities. This message summarizes the report. 

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Nadine M. Neufville 
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