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U.S. Attorney’s Office Celebrates Funding Awarded For Community Responses To Gender-Based Violence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

In commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the original enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), the Justice Department yesterday announced nearly $193 million in formula and discretionary grant awards to support crucial services and justice responses for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. For nearly three decades, VAWA has provided tools and resources to protect and serve survivors.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio is proud to announce that the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (“OVW”) has awarded $607,500.00 to local organizations to support community responses to gender-based violence. Specifically, the Northern District of Ohio has received the following funds for the 2023 fiscal year:

OVW awarded $607,500.00 to the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center under Grants for Training and Services to End Violence Against Individuals with Disabilities and Deaf People Program (Disability Grant Program). This grant will support services for individuals who have disabilities or are deaf. Funding will provide specialized training, outreach, and cross-training for various agencies, and will support developing model programs to strengthen organizational capacities in assisting survivors.

“I am pleased to announce that the Northern District of Ohio has been awarded funding from the Office on Violence Against Women. This grant will allow the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to collaborate with Cleveland Hearing and Speech in a meaningful way to strengthen partnerships with Deaf Pathways and increase services to deaf victims and survivors of sexual assault,” said U.S. Attorney Rebecca C. Lutzko.

“Prior to the enactment of VAWA, survivors were primarily left to fend for themselves, often cycling in and out of dangerous environments with little help from legal systems or service providers.” OVW Director Rosie Hidalgo said. “VAWA has changed this landscape by supporting a coordinated community response to address domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in a more comprehensive manner. It emphasizes survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and community-based approaches and ensures that services are available across every state and territory.”

OVW provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence through implementing VAWA and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities nationwide that are developing programs, policies, and practices to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at


Thomas P. Weldon
(216) 622-3651

Updated September 15, 2023

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