Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Announces New Program to Support Tribal Governments Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction

The Tribal Jurisdiction Program encourages the coordinated involvement of the entire tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers to incorporate systemic change that ensures victim safety and offender accountability.  Funds from the Tribal Jurisdiction Program can be used to:

  • strengthen tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian tribes in exercising 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; and
  • accord victims of domestic violence, dating violence and violations of protection orders rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim described 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. Eastern Time (E.T.) on June 20.

OVW will conduct a pre-application webinar on Wednesday, May 25, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. E.T.  During this webinar, OVW staff will review the FY 2016 Tribal Jurisdiction Program solicitation and grant requirements followed by a brief question and answer session.  To register, e-mail no later than Monday, May 23.

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