OVW Fiscal Year 2017 Justice for Families Program – 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 (VAWA) of 2013 to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.
This solicitation supports a number of activities for families:
- Supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents
- Training for court-based and court-related personnel
- Provision of resources in juvenile court matters
- Court and court-based programs and services
- Civil legal services
- Training within the civil justice system
OVW priority areas for 2017 are:
- Strengthen and revitalize coordinated community response and multi-disciplinary teams, prioritizing those that meaningfully involved organizations and programs that focus on marginalized communities.
- Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.).
- Increase the use of promising or evidence-building practices, where available.
For additional information on the Justice for Families Program, including what past Justice for Families grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the Justice for Families performance measures and reporting data see http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/vawamei/justiceforfamiliesmain.html. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on January 12, 2017.