Office on Violence Against Women

Office on Violence Against Women

Sept 13 is the 22nd Anniversary of VAWA
September 13, 2016 is the 22nd Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act


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Sept 27:  What are your unmet needs?
Oct 4:     What promising practices are you seeing?
Oct 12:   What technical assistance do you need?
Oct 26:   What comments do you have about the administration of grants?

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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).


Monday, September 26, 2016

This is the second in our series for September, which is National Campus Safety Awaresness Month. 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Today, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) joins communities across the world to commemorate the 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

Friday, April 29, 2016

As we come to the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Justice Department’s inaugural National Reentry Week, I am humbled and inspired by the department’s – and the entire Obama Administration’s – commitment to inclusive criminal justice reform efforts.  For example, last month the White House convened a group of justice-involved women and girls, family members of incarcerated individuals, women serving in law enforcement and other advocates to talk about women’s access to justice. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Courtesy of Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson of the Office on Violence Against Women and Courtesy of Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason for the Office of Justice Programs 

This month, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced the Justice Department’s plan to release a protocol for pediatricians, forensic nurses and other health care providers who work with children, which will offer evidence-based recommendations for caring for child victims of sexual abuse.  Today, we are excited to share that the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations, Pediatric (Pediatric SAFE Protocol).

Monday, March 28, 2016

Last month, as part of my ongoing community policing tour, I traveled to Miami and Doral, Florida, to learn about some of the innovative work underway there to build trust and strengthen ties between police officers and the residents they serve.  But in addition to the opportunity to meet with local law enforcement, civic leaders, and students, my trip to south Florida gave me a chance to visit with Janet Reno, the first woman to lead the Department of Justice and the second-longest serving Attorney General in American history. 

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