U.S. Attorney and First Judicial District Attorney Sign Agreement to Support Federal Investigations and Prosecutions in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos Counties
ALBUQUERQUE – During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Justice Department announced that it awarded 17 grants totaling $10.5 million to two Tribal governments and 15 organizations in the District of New Mexico through its Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The grants were made possible through authorization under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
The Department awarded 496 grants totaling more than $251.1 million to bolster coordinated community responses aimed at bringing an end to domestic violence, as well as sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The grants will reach communities across the United States, including Tribal nations, historically marginalized communities, underserved communities, college and university campuses, rural towns, and more. The funding prioritizes increasing access to justice, bolstering survivor safety, holding perpetrators accountable, and offering training and technical support to professionals addressing these crimes.
Data from the most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey indicate that about 41% of women and 26% of men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and report an intimate partner violence-related impact during their lifetime. Domestic violence rates are even higher for American Indian and Alaska Native populations, Black individuals, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ individuals.
U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez joins the U.S. Department of Justice in paying tribute to victims and survivors whose bravery makes justice possible, and saluting the dedication of advocates, service providers, justice professionals, law enforcement officers, and first responders who tirelessly work to secure that justice.
“Everybody deserves to feel safe in their home,” said U.S. Attorney Uballez. “We must believe survivors when they come forward, support them when they testify against their abusers, and have systems in place to aid them in healing. The Department of Justice is proud to announce over $10.5 million in grant funds awarded to two Tribal governments and 15 other New Mexican organizations to support outreach, prevention, intervention, services, and training relating to domestic violence.”
The following New Mexican Tribal governments and organizations received federal grants to support survivors and fight domestic violence:
"We are thrilled to receive funding to support the Tribal Victim Specialist Internship (TVSI) III for a third three-year cycle,” said President Ada Pecos Melton of the American Indian Development Associates, LLC. “Through the TVSI III, we are helping to link individuals interested in working with victims living in rural or remote Tribal settings with Tribes serving as host sites. The TVSI helps Tribes build programs that attract qualified and culturally informed individuals to strengthen and grow their victim services workforce. We thank OVC for funding this project in NM and across the nation with other providers."
“Everyone has a role to play in ending gender-based violence,” added U.S. Attorney Uballez. “Every day, federal law enforcement and prosecutors work hand-in-hand with our local and tribal counterparts to protect survivors and seek justice. As a community, we owe these brave survivors support outside of the courtroom. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, speak out. We will be here for you.”
Organizations interested in applying for these and other grants are encouraged to visit the OVW and OVC websites for more details and application guidelines.
Immediate help for domestic violence victims is available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline (@ndvhoffiial) at 1-800-799-7233 or the Strong Hearts Native Helpline (@strongheartsdv) at 1-844-762-8483. To find additional information on local support and resources by state, visit: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/local-resources.
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