Through the OVW Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Program (Tribal Jurisdiction Program), Indian tribes receive support to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) and technical assistance (TA) for planning and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise the jurisdiction.
The program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, courts, prosecutors, attorneys, defense counsel, law enforcement, probation, victim service providers, and other partners to ensure that victims find safety and justice and that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders in the Indian country of the participating tribe are held accountable.
Funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:
- To strengthen tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian tribes in exercising SDVCJ, including:
- Law enforcement (including the capacity of law enforcement or court personnel to enter information into and obtain information from national crime information databases);
- Trial and appellate courts;
- Probation systems;
- Detention and correctional facilities;
- Alternative rehabilitation centers;
- Culturally appropriate services and assistance for victims and their families;
- Criminal codes and rules of criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and evidence.
- To provide indigent criminal defendants with the effective assistance of licensed defense counsel, at no cost to the defendant, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe prosecutes a crime of domestic violence or dating violence or a criminal violation of a protection order.
- To ensure that, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe exercises SDVCJ, jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with all applicable requirements.
- To accord victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim.
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 12
- Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $450,000.00
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36
- Anticipated Total Amount to be Awarded Under Solicitation: $5,000,000.00
- Funding levels under this program for FY 2022 are:
- New awards: $450,000 for the entire 36 months.
- Continuation awards: $300,000 for the entire 24 months.
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Eligible applicants are limited to: Governments of Indian tribes that have jurisdiction over Indian country.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=337585