The Office on Violence Against Women is seeking applications for the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Initiative to research and evaluate approaches to preventing and addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Donor Name: Office on Violence Against Women
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline: (mm/dd/yyyy) 04/09/2024
Size of the Grant: $100,000 to $500,000
Grant Duration: 3 Years
By generating more knowledge about strategies for serving victims and holding offenders accountable, communities that benefit from Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding will be better equipped to align their work with practices that are known to be effective as well as build their own capacity to evaluate new and promising ways of doing things. The initiative is designed to support researcher-practitioner partnerships and a broad range of research and evaluation methods, including qualitative, mixed-method, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. Because OVW has limited funds to support research and evaluation, this initiative prioritizes topics for which a stronger evidence base would help OVW grantees use federal funds most effectively.
In FY 2024, OVW is interested in supporting the following four priority areas:
- Advance equity and tribal sovereignty as essential components of ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by improving outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors from historically marginalized and underserved communities, particularly those facing disproportionate rates or impacts of violence and multiple barriers to services, justice, and safety.
- Increase access to justice for all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including through exploration of survivor-centered criminal justice system reform.
- Strengthen efforts to prevent and end sexual assault, including victim services and civil and criminal justice responses.
- Expand economic justice and financial advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including as a tool for violence prevention.
Areas of Study
OVW is interested in funding research and evaluation on the topics above that will contribute to knowledge in the six areas of study listed below.
- Ways the justice system can effectively pursue and achieve justice in cases involving gender-based violence, with justice broadly understood to include autonomy and safety for victims, accountability for offenders, procedural fairness for all, and restorative ways of healing.
- Victims’ needs
- How victimization and its aftermath affect people’s lives, and what victims need to cope, heal, and achieve safety, well-being, and justice.
- Cultures, disparities, and access
- Ways that cultural differences and social inequalities matter in terms of where and to whom people go for help, and whether survivors are able to access justice and get services that are useful to them.
- Short- and long-term impact of the criminal and civil justice systems’ responses, victim services, and other VAWA-funded interventions on victim safety and offender accountability.
- Indicators of success
- What success looks like and how to measure it—for victims pursing safety, well-being, and justice; for offenders being held accountable for their violence; and for people who work with victims/survivors and offenders.
- Promoting desistence and reducing recidivism
- How to prevent people from continuing to use violence.
- Applicants can request award periods ranging from 12 months to 36 months, and maximum total project funding of $500,000.
- OVW estimates that it will make approximately eight awards for an estimated total of $3,880,000.
The following entities are eligible to apply for R&E Initiative funding:
- Nonprofits, including culturally specific and population specific organizations, with 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS
- Nonprofits, including culturally specific and population specific organizations, without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
- Private institutions of higher education
- Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
- City or township governments
- County governments
- State governments
- Tribal governments (federally recognized)
- Tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
For more information, visit Grants.gov.