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U.S. Department of Justice: Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Deadline: February 7, 2019

The Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Program seeks to create sustainable change within and between organizations that improves the response to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and to hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable. Disability Grant Program funds are used to establish and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborative relationships; increase organizational capacity to provide accessible, safe, and effective services to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of violence and abuse; identify needs within the grantee’s organization and/or service area; and develop a plan to address those identified needs that builds a strong foundation for future work.

Funding under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • To provide personnel, training, technical assistance, advocacy, intervention, risk reduction (including using evidence-based indicators to assess the risk of domestic and dating violence homicide), and prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against individuals with disabilities
  • To conduct outreach activities to ensure that individuals with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking receive appropriate assistance
  • To conduct cross-training for victim service organizations, governmental agencies, courts, law enforcement, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations serving individuals with disabilities about risk reduction, intervention, prevention and the nature of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking for individuals with disabilities
  • To provide technical assistance to assist with modifications to existing policies, protocols, and procedures to ensure equal access to the services, programs, and activities of victim service providers for individuals with disabilities
  • To provide training and technical assistance on the requirements of shelters and victim service providers under Federal anti-discrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act
  • To modify facilities, purchase equipment, and provide personnel so that shelters and victim service organizations can accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities
  • To provide advocacy and intervention services for individuals with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • To develop model programs providing advocacy and intervention services within organizations serving individuals with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that address the following priority areas:

  • Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety.
  • Include substance abuse professionals in a coordinated community response to Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) crimes and increase victim access to substance abuse services. This priority is for applicants addressing purpose areas 1, 3, 7, and 8 (detailed above).

Applicants are also encouraged to work with substance abuse professionals in their communities to increase victim access to substance abuse services.

Amount: A total of $4,275,000 is available to make up to ten awards in the range of $325,000–$500,000. Awards will be made as cooperative agreements. Funding levels are as follows:

  • New, local-focused project: $425,000 for 36 month project period
  • New, state-focused project: $500,000 for 36 month project period
  • Continuation, local-focused project: $325,000 for 24 month project period
  • Continuation, state-focused project: $400,000 for 24 month project period

Eligibility: States; units of local government; Indian tribal governments or tribal organizations; and victim service providers, such as state or tribal domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions or nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310833

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