Sexual Assault Services Program Announced

Apr 21, 2008

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) announced a new Sexual Assault Services Program in April to support the establishment, maintenance and expansion of rape crisis centers and other programs and projects to assist victims.

In addition to establishing rape crisis centers, awards made through the program will help states, Indian tribes and territories provide intervention and related assistance services. These may include: 24-hour hotline services; accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice and social support systems including medical facilities, police and court proceedings; crisis intervention; and community-based, linguistically and culturally specific services and support mechanisms including outreach activities for underserved communities.

The new Program “will focus on providing improved services for sexual assault victims and a stronger criminal justice response to sexual assault crimes,” OVW Director Cindy Dyer said. “I look forward to working with sexual assault victim advocates, service providers and criminal justice professionals to implement this important program.”

Announcements regarding eligibility requirements, funding thresholds, and application procedures for the Sexual Assault Services Program is forthcoming. Once available, the grant solicitation will be posted on

OVW is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Sexual Assault Services Program was authorized as part of the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005. More information is available at

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