Supervised Visitation, Safe Havens for Children

To provide an opportunity for communities to support supervised visitation and safe exchange of children, in situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Grantees provide supervised visitation services and safe exchange of children by and between parents in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or child abuse.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Program Accomplishments

FY 07: Applications: 93, Awards: 33; FY 08: Applications: 88, Awards: 29; FY 09 est: Applications: 88, Awards: 20.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are available for one or more of the following statutory purposes: (1) to provide supervised visitation and safe visitation exchange of children by and between parents in situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; (2) to protect children from the trauma of witnessing domestic or dating violence or experiencing abduction, injury, or death during parent and child visitation exchanges; (3) to protect parents or caretakers who are victims of domestic and dating violence from experiencing further violence, abuse, and threats during child visitation exchanges; and (4) to protect children from the trauma of experiencing sexual assault or other forms of physical assault or abuse during parent and child visitation and visitation exchanges.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are States, Indian tribal governments, and units of local government.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include public and private nonprofit entities that provide supervised visitation and safe exchange of children.


Applicants must demonstrate expertise in the area of family violence, including the areas of domestic violence or sexual assault, as appropriate; ensure that any fees charged to individuals for use of programs and services are based on the income of those individuals, unless otherwise provided by court order; demonstrate that adequate security measures, including adequate facilities, procedures, and personnel capable of preventing violence, are in place for the operation of supervised visitation programs and services or safe visitation exchange; and prescribe standards by which the supervised visitation or safe visitation exchange will occur. In addition, all applicants are required to enter into a collaborative working relationship with state or local courts and a nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services provider in the local community to be served, such as the State or tribal domestic violence coalition, State or tribal sexual assault coalition, local shelters, and programs for domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

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 or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process 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 through the on-line portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of application 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.


Contact the Office on Violence Against Women for application deadlines.


Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000; Public Law 106-386, Sec. 1301, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 10420; Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title III, Section 306, Public Law 109-162.

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

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 grant dollars by contributing to the costs of their projects. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length of assistance is provided in an annual application kit. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-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 should explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program.


Nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in Federal funds (from all sources, including pass-through sub-awards) in the organization's fiscal year shall have a single organization-wide audit conducted in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133. The audit report is due to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse not later than nine months after the end of the recipient's fiscal year.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $10,434,453; FY 08 est $11,268,417; and FY 09 est $7,887,892.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$200,000 to $546,000; $321,955.

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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