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Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.590
Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 10, 2020
Application: Jan 27, 2020

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The Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program encourages state, local, and tribal governments and courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system.

The program has 22 purpose areas that. Types of activities include:

  • Enhanced law enforcement responses, including centralized units, specialized training, improved arrest policies, and protection order enforcement
  • Targeted responses to sexual assault, including sexual assault response teams (SARTs), evidence collection and testing, and specialized policies, protocols, and training
  • Coordinated community responses, including multidisciplinary teams, comprehensive victim services and support centers (co-located services), and interdisciplinary policy development
  • Enhanced prosecution responses, including centralized units, specialized training, and policy and protocol development
  • Improved judicial handling of cases, including centralized courts and dockets, judicial education programs, and protection order issuance and tracking

Priority areas include:

  • Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement and increasing prosecution
  • Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking

Eligible applicants include:

  • States
  • Tribal governments
  • State and local courts (including juvenile courts)
  • Units of local government
  • State, Tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions
  • Victim service providers that partner with a state, Tribal government, or unit of local government
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $1,250,000
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 45
Estimated total program funding: $53,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

While not required, applicants are encouraged to email a letter of intent to by January 10, 2020.

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · Criminal justice system · Families · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Women

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