The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) currently administers grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 and subsequent legislation. These grant programs are designed to develop the nation's capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable. Here, you can read about each of our grant programs, learn about eligibility, and access resources to apply for and manage your grants.
Grant programs authorized by VAWA that are "discretionary" means OVW is responsible for creating program parameters, qualifications, eligibility, and deliverables in accordance with authorizing legislation.
OVW administers grant programs authorized by VAWA that are "formula," which means that the enacting legislation specifies how the funds are to be distributed.
Technical Assistance Program
OVW also administers a Technical Assistance Program to provide OVW grantees with the training, expertise, and problem-solving strategies they need to meet the challenges of addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. OVW’s technical assistance projects offer in-person and online educational opportunities, peer-to-peer consultations, site visits and tailored assistance for OVW grantees and potential grantees. In more limited circumstances, OVW's technical assistance projects offer technical assistance to a small number of pilot sites through demonstration initiative or for assessments of newly developed training curricula or tools.
Find Your Local Resources
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. The Office on Violence Against Women does not provide services directly to the general public. To find help, see our state-by-state guide to see who serves your area, or you can find the number to a national hotline.