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Letter to Grantees | Webinar: New STOP Rule  | Webinar: Keeping Housing Both Safe and Fair 

Webinar: Sexual Assault and Survivors with Disabilities

Join a discussion to raise awareness, highlight strong examples and share resources for further engagement and training to better support sexual assault survivors with disabilities. People with disabilities experience sexual violence at rates more than three times higher than people without disabilities. As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Administration for Community Living are pleased to co-host 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: TA2TA.org

Funding Opportunity for Sexual Assault Technical Assistance

Apply to help OVW create the Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Services Technical Assistance Center. Download the Call for Concept Papers to implement the lessons learned from the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative. The Initiative found that dual and multi-services programs (those that serve victims of both domestic and sexual violence as well as other crimes) may not be meeting the specific needs of sexual assault victims. Eligibility for this award is limited to a consortium of nonprofit organizations with demonstrated expertise working with sexual assault victims and with underserved populations. Read the blog post about the findings from the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiatives and submit your application by June 2. 

Letter to Grantees

Acting Director Nadine M. Neufville's letter to grantees explains transition issues, including progress on awarding solicitations and the status of budgets.

Webinar: New Stop Rule Clarifies Several Issues

OVW published the new final rule about the STOP Violence Against Women formula grant program in the Federal Register on November 29, 2016. The new rule updates regulations and general provisions governing OVW grant programs, including definitions and requirements for nondisclosure of confidential information about victims as outline in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 

OVW attorneys explained the rule and answered questions in a webinar on January 5, 2017. Download the slides from the webinar.

Webinars: Keeping Housing Both Safe and Fair

Nuisance Abatement, Fair Housing and Data November 16, 2016

In this webinar, experts discussed the impact and enforcement of nuisance abatement ordinances, crime-free housing ordinances and crime-free housing programs. Chief of Police Mark Talbot of Norristown, Pennsylvania, shared Norristown’s experience with nuisance abatement ordinances and how the city reduced crime by replacing their nuisance abatement ordinance with a data-driven approach to policing.

Part 1:  Overview of the impact of nuisance abatement ordinances on victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable populations  

Part 2:  Review of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's “Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Enforcement of Local Nuisance and Crime-Free Housing Ordinances Against Victims of Domestic Violence, Other Crime Victims, and Others Who Require Police or Other Emergency Services,” with an emphasis on what law enforcement and local officials need to know about the implementation and enforcement or ordinances 

Part 3: Overview of Norristown, Pennsylvania’s, experience with nuisance abatement ordinances and how the city reduced crime when it replaced its nuisance ordinances with a data-driven approach to policing. 15 minutes. Presentation by Mark Talbot, Chief of Police, Norristown (Pennsylvania) Police Department  

♦ Download the Presentations (PDF)   Read HUD’s press release 

Using New Guidance About Fair Housing to Keep DV Victims Safe October 20, 2016

In this webinar, experts explained new federal guidance designed to help families continue to live in safe housing and the unintendede consequences of nuisance abatement and crime-ree housing orginances.

Part 1: The impact of nuisance abatement ordinances and crime-free housing programs on victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable populations

Part 2:  Review of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's “Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Enforcement of Local Nuisance and Crime-Free Housing Ordinances Against Victims of Domestic Violence, Other Crime Victims, and Others Who Require Police or Other Emergency Services” 

Part 3: An overview of HUD’s complaint process 

♦ Download the Presentations (PDF)  Read HUD's press release 

 

 

Updated April 19, 2017