Sexual Assault Services Program

Agency - Department of Justice

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Program Accomplishments

Not applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are for intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault, including: (i) 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral; (ii) accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings; (iii) crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and family or household members; (iv) information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family or household members; (v) community-based, linguistically and culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities; and (vi) the development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described in clauses (i) through (v).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are States and territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations including community and faith-based organizations.


Each application submitted under this program shall-- (i) set forth procedures designed to ensure meaningful involvement of the State or territorial sexual assault coalition and representatives from underserved communities in the development of the application and the implementation of the plans; (ii) set forth procedures designed to ensure an equitable distribution of grants and grant funds within the State or territory and between urban and rural areas within such State or territory; (iii) identify the State or territorial agency that is responsible for the administration of programs and activities; and (iv) meet other such requirements as the Attorney General reasonably determines are necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of this section.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office designated as the single point of contact in his or her state for more information on the processes the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application forms furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply on-line at the online Grants Management System (GMS) portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed electronically by an authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


This is a newly established program. OVW expects to issue a solicitation in Fiscal Year 2009. Check for online announcements at


This program was authorized by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 14045a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.




Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

By statute, OVW will allocate to each State not less than 1.50 percent of the total amount appropriated in a fiscal year for grants under this program, except that the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands shall each be allocated 0.125 percent of the total appropriations. The remaining funds shall be allotted to each State and each territory in an amount that bears the same ratio to such remaining funds as the population of such State and such territory bears to the population of all the States and the territories. The District of Columbia shall be treated as a territory for purposes of calculating its allocation under the preceding formula. Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of the programs or projects contained in the approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal dollars by contributing to the cost of the project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

OVW will make awards for at least one year. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual progress reports, quarterly financial reports, and a final report are required, as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide.

Progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organization," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The award recipient must keep complete records on disposition of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est 5,264,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The OJP Financial Guide is applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice, 800 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20530; Telephone: (202) 307-6026.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and included in an annual Application Kit.

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