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Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.560
National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 8, 2021
Application: Mar 16, 2021

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Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women grants support research and evaluation projects examining the issue of violence against women and the effectiveness of criminal justice system responses, procedures, and policies in addressing the problem. The program seeks to develop independent knowledge and tools to enhance law enforcement efforts to reduce violence and promote the safety of women, including elderly women and American Indian/Alaska Native women and girls, and their family members.

Projects can focus on a broad range of health and safety topics related to violence against women including but not limited to:

  • Domestic and family violence
  • Homicide
  • Intimate partner and dating violence
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sex trafficking

Awards will be made to support projects under two priority areas:

  • Priority Area 1 - Evaluation Research on Violence Against Women (VAW) Programs grants to assess programs or interventions to enhance law enforcement, prosecutorial, and judicial responses to VAW, as well as programs and interventions to improve victim engagement with the criminal justice system
  • Priority Area 2 - Research on Violence Against Women grants to support proposals that examine one of the following topics:
    • Reporting, investigation, and prosecution of cases involving domestic and family violence, intimate partner and dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking
    • Law enforcement and prosecution victim-centric and trauma-informed policies, procedures, protocols, and training related to VAW crimes
    • Frequency, nature, and causes of homicide
    • Research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on VAW that includes women's experiences of violence and their access to and use of relevant services
    • Use of technology to protect or deliver services to victims of domestic and family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking

Priority will be given to applications that address challenges in rural communities, that benefit individuals from high-poverty or persistent-poverty counties, and that enhance public safety in economically distressed communities or Opportunity Zones.


Eligible applicants include:

  • State and territory governments
  • City, township, and county governments
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Tribal organizations
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status
  • Public, state-controlled, and private institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • For-profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Small businesses
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $600,000
Project period: Up to 60 months
Estimated number of awards: 6
Estimated total program funding: $2,500,000

Application process

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

A letter of intent is not required, though applicants are encouraged to submit one to by February 8, 2021.

Applicants should submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the March 16, 2021 deadline.

Submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the March 30, 2021 deadline.

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · American Indian or Alaska Native · Children and youth · Criminal justice system · Elderly population · Evaluation methods and resources · Research methods and resources · Women

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