Grant Details

STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program (Texas)

 
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    CFDA#

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Texas Office of the Governor

    Summary

    Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program seeks to develop and implement law enforcement and prosecution strategies to effectively decrease violent crimes against women. These grants also help to develop and enhance services provided to the victims of violent crimes.


    In Texas, the Texas Office of the Governor is responsible for coordinating VAWA funds with local agencies. Funds through VAWA provide systematic and sustained focus on permanent systems change within the Texas criminal justice system, while simultaneously developing a comprehensive network of domestic violence and sexual assault victim service advocates and programs throughout Texas communities. 


    In FY 2019, Texas identified the following eligible activities for VAWA Funding:

    • Training law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors to more effectively identify and respond to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Developing, training, or expanding units of law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors specifically targeting violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Developing and implementing more effective police, court, and prosecution policies, protocols, orders, and services specifically devoted to preventing, identifying, and responding to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as well as the appropriate treatment of victims;
    • Developing, installing, or expanding data collection and communication systems, including computerized systems, linking police, prosecutors, and courts or for the purpose of identifying, classifying, and tracking arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions, and convictions for violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Supporting formal and informal statewide, multidisciplinary efforts, to the extent not supported by state funds, to coordinate the response of state law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, victim services agencies, and other state agencies and departments, to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Training of sexual assault forensic medical personnel examiners in the collection and preservation of evidence, analysis, prevention, and providing expert testimony and treatment of trauma related to sexual assault;
    • Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs to assist law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and others to address the needs and circumstances of older and disabled women who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, including recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of such violence or assault and targeting outreach and support, counseling, and other victim services to such older and disabled individuals;
    • Developing and promoting state or local policies that enhance best practices for responding to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Developing, implementing, or enhancing Sexual Assault Response Teams, or other similar coordinated community responses to sexual assault;
    • Developing and strengthening policies, protocols, best practices, and training for law enforcement agencies and prosecutors relating to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases and the appropriate treatment of victims.;
    • Identifying and conducting inventories of backlogs of sexual assault evidence collection kits and developing protocols and policies for responding to and addressing such backlogs, including protocols and policies for notifying and involving victims; 
     

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Ineligible activities and cost items include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Lobbying and administrative advocacy;
    • Construction or physical modification to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting);
    • Law enforcement equipment such as uniforms, safety vests, shields and weapons;
    • Substance abuse counseling for victims;
    • Purchase or real estate or vehicles;
    • Research Projects;
    • Fundraising campaigns, endowment drives, or solicitation of gifts and bequests;

    Contacts

    eGrants HelpDesk

    eGrants HelpDesk
    P.O. Box 12428
    Austin, TX 78711-1248
    (512) 463-1919
     

  • Eligibility Details

    ‹Eligible applicants are Texas units of local government, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, faith-based and community-based victim service organizations providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by February 28, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $10,981,529 was available in 2019. Awards must be at least $5,000. Project periods extend up to 12-months, beginning September 1, 2019. Cost sharing/matching of 30% of the total project cost is required. Indian tribal governments are not required to provide a match.  

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