DOJ Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) – Justice for Families Program (FY 2015)

APPLICATIONS DUE: FEBRUARY 11 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time


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 domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving
allegations of child sexual abuse. The program includes purpose areas previously authorized
under the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised
Visitation) and the Court Training and Improvements Program (Courts), along with new purpose
areas and applicant requirements.

In FY 2015, OVW will accept applications for the Justice for Families Program from new
applicants. Current and former Safe Havens and Courts grantees are considered new applicants.
Justice for Families grant recipients that received funding for 24 months in FY 2014 are not eligible
to apply.

Purpose Areas:

In FY 2015, funds under the Justice for Families Program may be used for the purposes listed below. With the exception of purpose area 5 (court and court-based programs and services), applicants must propose activities under at least two purpose areas. Applicants can address purpose area 5 in isolation or in combination with additional purpose area(s).
 (Purpose area 1) Supervised visitation and safe exchange: Provide supervised
visitation and safe visitation exchange of children and youth by and between parents in
situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault,
or stalking.
 (Purpose area 3) Training for court-based and court-related personnel: Educate courtbased
and court-related personnel and court-appointed personnel (including custody
evaluators and guardians ad litem) and child protective services workers on the dynamics
of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including information on
perpetrator behavior, evidence-based risk factors for domestic and dating violence
homicide, and on issues relating to the needs of victims, including safety, security, privacy,
and confidentiality, including cases in which the victim proceeds pro se.
 (Purpose area 4) Juvenile court resources: Provide appropriate resources in juvenile
court matters to respond to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault (including
child sexual abuse), and stalking and ensure necessary services dealing with the health
and mental health of victims are available.
 (Purpose area 5) Court and court-based programs and services: Enable courts or
court-based or court-related programs to develop or enhance a) court infrastructure (such
as specialized courts, consolidated courts, dockets, intake centers, or interpreter services);
b) community-based initiatives within the court system (such as court watch programs,
victim assistants, pro se victim assistance programs, or community-based supplementary
services); c) offender management, monitoring, and accountability programs; d) safe and
confidential information-storage and information-sharing databases within and between
court systems; e) education and outreach programs to improve community access,
including enhanced access for underserved populations; and f) other projects likely to
improve court responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and
 (Purpose area 6) Civil legal assistance: Provide civil legal assistance and advocacy
services, including legal information and resources in cases in which the victim proceeds
pro se, to (a) victims of domestic violence; and (b) nonoffending parents in matters that
involve allegations of child sexual abuse; that relate to family matters, including civil
protection orders, custody, and divorce; and in which the other parent is represented by

Funding Title:    OVW Justice for Families Program 

Agency Name:    Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Instrument Type:     Grants

Express Language for Legal Aid:    Yes, see Purpose Area 6, above.

Target Population:    Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking

Expected Number of Awards:

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply:     Registration: To ensure all applicants have ample time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number, register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with no later than January 21, 2015.
Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration by January 21, 2015. This will ensure that applicants are well-positioned tosuccessfully submit an application by the deadline. This letter will not obligate potential applicantsto submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Registration are still eligible to apply.

Current Closing Date for Applications:   February 11, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding:           

Award Ceiling:      $500,000

Award Floor:    None stated

Eligible Applicants:

State governments

Units of local governments

Courts, including juvenile courts

Indian Tribal Governments

Nonprofit organizations having a 501(c)(3) status

Legal Services Providers

Victim Service Providers

Priority Consideration:  Applications proposing activities that meaningfully address any of the following priorities may be given special consideration during the review process:
1. Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations
(which may be based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and
2. Increase the use of promising or evidence-building practices, where available.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:    

Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2014

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:

Contact Information:    For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact OVW at (202) 307-6026. In Fiscal Year 2015, OVW applications will be submitted through For technical
assistance with, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-
4726. Number assigned to announcement: OVW-2015-4035. It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by September 30, 2015.


Categories: Children, DOJ, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Government Organizations, Human Trafficking, Juvenile, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, New Opportunities, Non-profit Organizations, Sexual Assault, Subgrant Possibilities, Tribal

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