OVW FY 2014 Justice for Families Program: Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative Solicitation Grant

OVW FY2014 Justice for Families Program: Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative Solicitation Grant.  The Justice for Families Program: Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative creates a unique opportunity to recognize well-established specialized courts and enable them to guide other courts and court-based programs that wish to significantly improve their court responses to domestic violence cases and ensure victim safety and offender accountability. For FY 2014, OVW is accepting applications for continuation and new Mentor Court projects. With funding under the Mentor Court Initiative, OVW will support projects that operate a full-time court system with a specialized process for handling domestic violence cases.

Domestic violence model courts can be an efficient structure for addressing the comprehensive issues that face families dealing with abuse. Yet as domestic violence courts continue to develop across the country, jurisdictions wishing to develop these courts often do not know where to turn for best practices. For this reason, OVW has been engaged in an effort to develop and spread best practices for domestic violence courts. OVW is expanding this initiative for the purpose of identifying effective adaptations of domestic violence court models and linking them to other jurisdictions striving to improve their processes for handling domestic violence cases. In addition, the Mentor Court Initiative serves as a clearinghouse for sharing best practices and procedures and disseminating strategies and solutions for replication that will help build the capacity of court systems responding to domestic violence matters. The Mentor Court Initiative creates a unique opportunity to recognize well-established specialized courts and enable them to guide other courts and court-based programs that wish to significantly improve their court responses to domestic violence cases and ensure victim safety and offender accountability.  For FY 2014, OVW is accepting applications for continuation and new Mentor Court projects. With funding under the Mentor Court Initiative, OVW will support projects that operate a full-time court system with a specialized process for handling domestic violence cases. The grant closes on August 22, 2014.

Eligibility: Applicants are limited to federal, state, tribal, territorial, or local courts that are current Mentor Court grantees or new applicants with an existing specialized court system for handling domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

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