Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

OVW Supports Outreach Efforts for Operation Limelight

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

On June 15th, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) participated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support Operation Limelight USA at Dulles International Airport.  Operation Limelight USA is an outreach program piloted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center.  The program is meant to raise awareness of the federal law banning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and to coordinate prevention efforts though training, outreach, education and enforcement. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Communities across the world are gearing up to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) urges you to join us in commemorating by bringing awareness to this issue in your own unique way. On this day, we have the opportunity to increase awareness about abuse in later life, learn what to do if we suspect abuse or neglect, and stand united against elder abuse.

Monday, June 4, 2018

International Children’s Day, observed in the United States on Sunday, June 10th, is dedicated to raising awareness about children’s welfare and wellbeing and working together to address the challenges children face. Unfortunately, some of these challenges include sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and even stalking.

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Katharine (Katie) Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director
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Katharine (Katie) Sullivan currently serves as Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

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