OVW's Technical Assistance Program provides training, expertise and problem-solving strategies to meet the challenges of addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
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 as part of demonstration initiatives or assessments of newly developed training curricula or tools.
OVW is focused on building the capacity of criminal justice and victim services organizations to respond effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and fostering partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address violence against women.
Visit TA2TA.org for the latest information and updates on OVW-funded training and technical assistance opportunities and activities.
See lists of awards made under the Technical Assistance Program by year.
See Open Solicitations for information about OVW funding opportunities.
Conference Approval: The documents listed below are designed to help minimize costs of conferences and provide tips for expediting the approval process.
- OVW Conference Costs Guidelines (PDF)
- OVW Instructions for DOJ-Sponsored Conference Request and Report Form (PDF), Oct 2016
- DOJ-Sponsored Conference Request and Report Excel Form (Download .xlsx file)
- What's Delaying Your Conference Request and Other Frequently Asked Questions (PDF), 2014
Non-OVW Sponsored Events: To request permission to invite OVW grantees to attend your event, please send an email request to OVW.Non.Events@usdoj.gov. Include a brief description of the conference and the intended participants. Please allow two weeks to get a response and allow ample time for grantees to get final approval from their grant managers. We will be looking to see which programs can statutorily support participation and then we will let you know the type of guidance you can put in your promotional materials.
- Proper Use of Pass Through and Administrative Funds. STOP and SAS grant requirements related to pass through funding and administrative costs are explained in this 30-minute interactive training for state administrators, state coalitions and state court administrators. The training, held April 20, 2017, was presented by Marnie Shiels, OVW Attorney Advisor. Watch the video. Download the PowerPoint slides. Learn more about OVW’s formula grant program.
- 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.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Domestic Violence & Firearms
U.S. Department of Justice Sexual Harassment Initiative (December 2017)
Download more information about The Civil Rights Division's Sexual
Harassment Initiative. Read CRT's press release
Nuisance Abatement, Fair Housing and Data (November 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
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
Improving Criminal Justice Responses (for FY2017applications)
Justice For Families (for FY2017 applications)