Office on Violence Against Women

Office on Violence Against Women

End sexual violence on campus. Get our action packet.
End sexual violence on campus. Get our action packet.


Give Us Feedback at the VAWA Conferrals

Nov. 2:   Last session!  All previous topics will be on the agenda: Emerging issues, technical assistance needs, administration of grants, etc. 

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Webinar: Using Fair Housing Guidance to Keep DV Victims Safe

►Get the PowerPoints from this Oct 20 webinar by contacting

Experts explained the impact of nuisance abatement ordinances, what HUD’s new guidance means for families that experience domestic violence, and how to use HUD’s complaint process.

Get details about this event. 

Campus Sexual Assault Student Action Packet

Want to get data about sexual assault on your campus? Conduct a campus climate survey. Get started with OVW's Student Action Packet. 

Get the Action Packet or the individual pieces (FAQs, Fact Sheet, Q&As with administrators and students, Talking Points). 

Funds Awarded under the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act

For the first time, in 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% supllementing 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 2016 STOP and SAP awards: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin.  

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).


Friday, October 14, 2016

Colleges and universities working to end sexual assault using best practices have a free, validated campus climate survey that will generate data about the exact nature and extent of sexual assault on their campuses.  This blog discusses the survey and associated best practices, including maintaining confidentiality and using the data to devise a long-term plan. This is the third in our series of articles about keeping campuses safe. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

This is the second in our series about keeping campuses safe. 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).

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