U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women
08/25/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; 09/01/21 11:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, IHE, or victim service provider to evaluate services for victims of abuse and harassment in the prison system. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Priority will be given to projects that meaningfully address the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors, enhance survivor safety, and hold offenders accountable.
Funding is intended to develop a comprehensive plan to explore whether and how a Service Line can assist confinement agencies and facilities to maintain compliance with standards. The plan must include a review of contemporary research, an examination of current practices in facilities across the nation related to reporting instances of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement, and a robust investigation into the standards, including how they are connected but include distinct requirements.
DOJ estimates that hundreds of thousands of incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment occur every year in prisons and jails across the country. Certain historically marginalized groups are statistically more likely to experience abuse in prison, though this violence occurs regardless of gender identity, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic status. While the prevalence of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in prisons and jails is widespread, the vast majority of incidents go unreported, with estimates of incarcerated victims’ willingness to report their victimization below that of victims not behind bars.
As a result, the goal of the National Service Line for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse Initiative (Initiative) is to determine if and how a National Sexual Abuse Service Line (Service Line) could assist correctional agencies and facilities across the nation to achieve and maintain compliance with PREA Standards 115.51 and 115.53. This Initiative is being supported through a partnership between OVW and the Office for Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which provided the funding for this Initiative. The partnership is designed to combine BJA’s PREA implementation expertise with OVW’s broad knowledge of sexual assault services. The Initiative demonstrates both offices’ shared commitment of ensuring that sexual abuse and sexual harassment victims in detention have access to quality support services as well as a mechanism for reporting abuse and harassment.
The Service Line Initiative is being administered as a two-phase project including a planning phase followed by an implementation phase. This solicitation is seeking applications for Phase One – the planning phase – which will include a national scan of practices related to efforts to comply with PREA Standards 115.51 and 115.53, identification of common service gaps and needs, and guidance from subject matter experts on what a national service line would require to be responsive to both the PREA Standards and the unique needs of incarcerated victims. The goal of Phase One is two-fold: 1) to determine if and how a Service Line could ensure compliance with the complementary yet distinct requirements of PREA Standards 115.51 and 115.53; and 2) to develop a comprehensive plan for the design and implementation of a Service Line for incarcerated victims of sexual abuse.
The Program Scope can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1408071/download#page=6.
GrantWatch ID#: 197332
Award Ceiling: $600,000
Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/22 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months) 24
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