• June 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 4

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Tribal Grants: Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Program

The Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is soliciting applications for its new Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Program (Tribal Jurisdiction Program). Authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the program aims to encourage the effective partnership of Tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers to ensure victims are safe and offenders are held accountable. Program funds can be used to accomplish the following:

  • Strengthen Tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian Tribes in exercising "special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction" (SDVCJ)
  • Provide indigent criminal defendants with the effective assistance of licensed defense counsel, at no cost to the defendant, in criminal proceedings in which a participating Tribe prosecutes a crime of domestic violence or dating violence or a criminal violation of a protection order
  • Ensure that, in criminal proceedings in which a participating Tribe exercises SDVCJ, jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with all applicable requirements
  • Accord victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim described in the Federal Crime Victims' Rights Act, consistent with Tribal law and custom

OVW anticipates making 36-month awards in the range of $300,000 to $450,000. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (E.T.) on June 20, 2016. 
To view this solicitation, as well as other OVW solicitations, visit http://www.justice.gov/ovw/open-solicitations.

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