OVW Freedom of Information Act

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Contact Information

FOIA Contact:

Catherine Poston
Attorney Advisor
U.S. Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
145 N Street NE
Suite 10W.121
Washington, D.C. 20530

Requests may also be submitted to OVW.FOIA@usdoj.gov. Please note this address is only for Freedom of Information Act requests and not for any other business you may have with the Office on Violence Against Women. General inquiries should be directed to OVW.info@usdoj.gov.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OVW has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission as effectively and efficiently as possible while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your FOIA request or appeal.  We will be able to acknowledge requests made electronically more quickly than by mail.  You may reach out to our FOIA Requester Service Center and FOIA Public Liaison if you have any questions about your request.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

Conventional Reading Room:

Call 202-307-6026 for access instructions.

Publicly Available Information for Which a FOIA Request is Not Required

State by State OVW Grant Activities

State Administering Agencies

FOIA Library

Agency Policy Statements

Language Access Policy and Plan for the Office on Violence Against Women ​(PDF) 

Federal Workplace Responses to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (PDF)

Significant Guidance Documents

SAFE Protocol (PDF)

SAFE Training Standards (PDF)

Component Description

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. Created in 1995, OVW implements the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and provides national leadership on the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Since its inception, OVW has launched a multifaceted approach to implementing VAWA. By forging state, local, and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, the judiciary, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, and others, VAWA grants help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives and enable communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence.

General Information Related To Making a FOIA Request

Please see The Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Reference Guide. It is a comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Portable Document Format (PDF) files may be viewed with a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Updated October 12, 2022

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