OVW Fiscal Year 2012 Court Training and Improvements Program

March 26, 2012

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has posted on its website a solicitation for its Courts Training and Improvements Program (Courts Program) (available at  http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/courts-program-sol.pdf ). The Courts Program creates a unique opportunity for federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local courts or court-based programs to significantly improve court responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases through the creation of dedicated court dockets, specialized courts, and enhanced court procedures, and by providing key opportunities for training to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.The NCJFCJ is one of six Technical Assistance Providers on this program.

As knowledge about violence against women has grown, it has become clear that the most effective response is created when all parts of the justice system are trained, coordinate and collaborate to address this issue. This program challenges courts and court-based programs to work with their communities to develop specialized practices and utilize educational resources that will result in significantly improved responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases, ensure offender accountability, and promote informed judicial decision-making.

OVW will accept applications for new or continuing Courts Programs proposing specialized court infrastructure development or supplemental judicial and court staff training projects. Awards under the Courts Program for FY 2012 will be made between $50,000 and up to $450,000, depending upon the type of project proposed.

For more information, please contact Danielle Pugh-Markie at dpugh-markie@ncjfcj.org or 775-784-6967.

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