The Department of Justice today announced nearly $22 million in upcoming grants to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on college campuses, teen victims and children at risk of such violence, services accomplish and win men and boys as allies.
Specifically, the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) will award $10,688,200 across 36 grants to help reduce domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses through the Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on the Combat and prevent campus program (Campus). . In addition, the Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men Grant Program (CYEM) awards $11,031,653 through 25 grants to implement programs that encourage men and boys to be role models and change agents in their communities toward the goal of eliminating sexual and work towards domestic violence.
“Studies show that about one in five women surveyed has been a victim of sexual assault while in college,” said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “We must support college campuses with the resources to create a campus culture that does not tolerate sexual assault or dating violence. These grants will help colleges and universities develop prevention strategies, provide survivor-focused services, and train campus police to meet the needs of their students. These grants also provide important intervention services for children and young adults, in addition to motivating them to be leaders in addressing violence.”
Of particular note, the campus awards include support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).
“One of OVW’s top priorities is improving our outreach and services to underserved communities,” said Allison Randall, Associate Director of OVW. “We recognize that HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs face unique issues and challenges in preventing and responding to campus violence, and we are honored to partner with grantees to support survivors in 2023 and for years to come . We are grateful to be able to announce these awards in September as we celebrate National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week and the National HBCU Week conference hosted by the White House.”
The Campus Program supports higher education institutions in developing services and programs aimed at addressing and preventing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. Grantees must adopt a multidisciplinary response program that includes student affairs, student health, athletics, dorm life, law enforcement, and victim services providers. They also offer incoming students sexual and domestic violence prevention and awareness programs, campus police and security training, and training for members of judicial and disciplinary boards.
The CYEM program serves victims under the age of 24 and promotes the role of boys and men in combating violence against women and girls. Grantees provide services for youth who are or are victims of sexual and domestic violence, youth who are victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, as well as counseling, mentoring and support for non-abusive parents and carers. Grantees also provide training for programs on how to safely identify children and families experiencing domestic violence and refer them to programs that can provide services. The grantees also create public awareness campaigns to encourage men and boys to be allies of women and girls to prevent sexual and domestic violence.
The OVW will announce applications for FY23 grants for both grant programs in late fall. Please visit www.justice.gov/ovw for more information on upcoming grant opportunities.
Press Release Number: 22-1005
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