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Sexual assault counselors push to protect confidentiality with victims

2022-05-11T20:39:25+00:00

Advocates say disclosure of information could have a chilling effect on the willingness to report. Victims' advocates say Minnesota judges inconsistently apply a state law protecting communications between sexual assault counselors and people who come to them for help. Now, those groups have taken their case all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court, appealing a ruling in which a district court allowed review of a woman's communications with a southern Minnesota sexual assault advocacy group in a criminal case. The groups say any review of their confidential records has a chilling effect on a victim's willingness to report an assault. [...]

Sexual assault counselors push to protect confidentiality with victims2022-05-11T20:39:25+00:00

What Will It Take to End Violence Against Native Women?

2022-05-10T20:17:31+00:00

The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is an important step, but activist Mary Kathryn Nagle argues that only full restoration of Indigenous sovereignty will stop the epidemic. Mary Kathryn Nagle, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is one of the country’s most prominent lawyers, often appearing in court to advocate for the rights of Indigenous people. She is also a well-known playwright, and her stage work explores many of the same themes that have animated her legal career, including the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women. More than 4 in 5 Native women have reported being the victims of [...]

What Will It Take to End Violence Against Native Women?2022-05-10T20:17:31+00:00

Funding Opportunity: FY 2022 Tribal Governments Program Solicitation Now Available

2022-04-12T17:16:47+00:00

OVW's Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program assists tribal governments and authorized designees of tribal governments to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking in their communities. In FY 22, the OVW is particularly interested in proposals to improve outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors of sexualassault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from underserved communities, particularly Two-Spirit/LGBTQ victims. Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to: Indian Tribal Governments, authorized designees of Indian Tribal Governments, andtribal consortiums in the United States or U.S. territories. Application deadlines: Apply in Grants.gov by May [...]

Funding Opportunity: FY 2022 Tribal Governments Program Solicitation Now Available2022-04-12T17:16:47+00:00

VAWA Reauthorization Headed to President’s Desk

2022-03-11T21:29:50+00:00

Indian Country Today: Tribal nations are celebrating the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act. Congress passed the omnibus spending package for the 2022 fiscal year late Thursday, which included major tribal provisions. It passed in the Senate with a 68-31 vote. The bill will now head to the president’s desk to be signed. This means that tribal nations “will continue to increase safety and justice for victims who had previously seen little of either,” said Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians in a statement. Here is a breakdown of the VAWA reauthorization: Reaffirmation of tribes’ jurisdiction to prosecute [...]

VAWA Reauthorization Headed to President’s Desk2022-03-11T21:29:50+00:00

Now Available: FY 2022 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

2022-03-04T21:23:49+00:00

OVW’s Transitional Housing Program supports programs that provide 6-24 months of transitional housing with support services for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. Eligible Applicants are limited to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and other organizations, including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations, [...]

Now Available: FY 2022 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking2022-03-04T21:23:49+00:00

Funding Opportunity: OVW FY 2022 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) Solicitation

2022-03-04T20:58:28+00:00

The FY 2022 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) solicitation is now open and posted on OVW’s website and Grants.gov. The Rural Program supports efforts to enhance the safety of rural victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits Application Deadlines: Grants.gov: April 07, 2022 11:59 PM Application in JustGrants Deadline: April 12, 2022 9:00 [...]

Funding Opportunity: OVW FY 2022 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) Solicitation2022-03-04T20:58:28+00:00

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022 introduced in the Senate

2022-03-01T21:06:22+00:00

On Wednesday, February 10, a group of bipartisan senators introduced S. 3623, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022. The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2027, includes provisions that restore critical categories of Tribal criminal jurisdiction necessary to protect Native women and children, including sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking, child violence, obstruction of justice, and assault of Tribal justice personnel. This bipartisan bill also establishes an Alaska pilot project, which will enable a limited number of Tribes in the state to exercise special Tribal criminal jurisdiction (STCJ), and clarifies that Tribes in Maine are also eligible to [...]

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022 introduced in the Senate2022-03-01T21:06:22+00:00

New Funding Opportunity: FY2022 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program Solicitation Now Open

2022-02-28T22:44:29+00:00

Funds are now available to enhance sexual assault services provided by tribal organizations in Indian country and Alaska Native villages. The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSASP) supports projects to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by Tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations within Indian country and Alaska Native villages. The funds may be used for a range of activities to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs and projects that provide direct intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault. Eligible Applicants: Limited to Indian tribes, tribal consortia, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations Application [...]

New Funding Opportunity: FY2022 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program Solicitation Now Open2022-02-28T22:44:29+00:00

Funding Opportunity: FY 2022 OVW Justice for Families Program Solicitation

2022-02-11T22:34:52+00:00

View the Grant Announcement The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) to improve the response of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The program supports the following activities for improving the capacity of courts and communities to respond to families affected by the targeted crimes: court-based and court-related programs; supervised visitation and safe exchange [...]

Funding Opportunity: FY 2022 OVW Justice for Families Program Solicitation2022-02-11T22:34:52+00:00

Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2022 OVW Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program Solicitation

2022-02-11T22:27:23+00:00

The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth (ages 11 and older) victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by providing funds for comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. Eligibility: Limited to Indian tribal governments; tribal organizations; private nonprofit entities; publicly funded organizations not acting in a governmental capacity; and territorial organizations. Application Deadlines Grants.gov: March 10, 2022, 11:59 PM ET JustGrants: March 16, 2022, 11:59 PM [...]

Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2022 OVW Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program Solicitation2022-02-11T22:27:23+00:00
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