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Expanding Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Services to Victims of Sexual Assault

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.560
Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice
Jun 15, 2021

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This program provides funding to establish and/or expand sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs and sexual assault forensic examiner (SAFE) programs offering sexual assault medical forensic exams and sexual assault victim services in a hospital or non-hospital setting to sexual assault victims. Applicants may propose innovative ways of bringing experienced medical forensic examiners to rural, tribal, and underserved communities, such as using telehealth technology.

Program objectives include:

  • Promote high quality, sensitive, and supportive exams and confidential victim services to survivors of sexual assault
  • Maintain a supply of trained SANEs/SAFEs by building capacity to train, mentor, and retain examiners and victim advocates
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for training and retaining examiners. Trainings should meet the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Sexual Assault Training Standards that take a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexual assault medical forensic examinations.
  • Establish/enhance policies and procedures to include community-based advocacy services in responding to sexual assault cases involving a medical forensic exam. Advocates may be involved in initial victim contact; offer victims advocacy, support, crisis intervention, information, language assistance services, including interpreters, and referrals before, during, and after the exam process; and help ensure that victims have transportation to and from the exam site.
  • Support the use of coordinated community responses and multidisciplinary partnerships, such as Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), for identifying and prioritizing needs and developing sexual assault response strategies that are acceptable to the community

Eligible applicants include:

  • State governments
  • City, township, county, and special district governments
  • Federally recognized native American tribal governments
  • Tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofit organizations with and without 501(c)(3) status
  • Public, state controlled, and private institutions of higher education

Priority consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the proposed project reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $600,000
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 10
Estimated total program funding: $5,576,763

Application process

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

Applicants should submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by June 15, 2021.

Submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by June 29, 2021.

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · Criminal justice system · Human services · Poverty · Trauma-informed care

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