OVW Fiscal Year 2017 Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (re-issued) 

OVW Fiscal Year 2017 Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction – The Tribal Jurisdiction Program is designed to assist Indian tribes in exercising “special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction” (SDVCJ) . Through this grant program, Indian tribes will receive support and technical assistance for planning, developing and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise SDVCJ. The program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, tribal courts, tribal prosecutors, tribal attorneys, tribal defenders, law enforcement, probation, service providers, and other partners to ensure that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders are held accountable. The Tribal Jurisdiction Program encourages the coordinated involvement of the entire tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers to incorporate systemic change that ensures victim safety and offender accountability.

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to OVW.TechAssistance@usdoj.gov by April 19, 2017: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on  May 03, 2017. Eligibility: Indian tribal governments with jurisdiction over Indian Country.

Download the solicitation, and read it carefully. It supports a number of activities to:

  1. Strengthen tribal criminal justice systems in exercising special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction.
  2. Provide indigent criminal defendants with defense counsel.
  3. Ensure that jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with applicable requirements.
  4. Accord victim rights to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and protection order violations.
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