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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

16.590:  Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies

Objectives:  To implement mandatory arrest or proarrest programs and policies in police departments, including mandatory arrest programs and policies for protection order violations, as part of a coordinated community response to domestic violence to develop policies and training in police departments to improve tracking of cases involving domestic violence; to centralize and coordinate police enforcement in groups or units of police officers, prosecutors or judges; to coordinate computer tracking systems to ensure communication between police, prosecutors, and both criminal and family courts; to strengthen legal advocacy service programs for victims of domestic violence; and to educate judges in criminal and other courts about domestic violence and to improve judicial handling of such cases.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


16.590 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Eligible grantees are States, Indian tribal governments, or units of local governments that (1) certify that their laws or official policies encourage or mandate arrests of domestic violence offenders based on probable cause that an offense has been committed, and encourage or mandate arrest of domestic violence offenders who violate the terms of a valid and outstanding protection order; (2) demonstrate that their laws, policies, or practices and their training programs discourage dual arrest of the offender and the victim; (3) certify that their laws, policies, or practices prohibit issuance of mutual restraining orders of protection except in cases where both spouses file a claim and the court makes detailed findings of fact indicating that both spouses acted primarily as aggressors and that neither spouse acted primarily in self-defense; and (4) certify that their laws, policies, or practices do not require, in connection with the prosecution of any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence offense, that the abused bear the costs associated with the filing of criminal charges or the service of such charges on an abuser, or that the abused bear the costs associated with the issuance or service of a warrant, protection order or witness subpoena.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Beneficiaries include criminal and tribal justice practitioners and service providers who respond to victims of violent crimes committed against women in rural jurisdictions and Indian country, and rural and tribal communities in general.

Credentials/Documentation:  Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and OMB Circular No. A-110 for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations.

16.590 APPLICATION 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 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 Procedure:  Applicants must submit a proposal to the Office of Justice Programs on Standard Form 424 (Federal Assistance Applications). The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  Upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines:  Contact the Violence Against Women Office in the Office of Justice Programs for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  About 60 (60) days after receipt of an application.

Appeals:  Hearing held by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs.

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  Criteria are established by the Office of Justice Programs and included in an annual Application Kit.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Community-wide approaches to reduce and prevent domestic violence that actively involve the police department, the prosecutor's office, the courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services agencies; initiatives within law enforcement to address police officers who batter; the development of computer systems to track domestic violence cases, protection orders, and violations of protection orders; legal advocacy for domestic violence victims; the implementation of pro-arrest or mandatory arrest programs and policies in police departments; and proactive judicial monitoring, sanctions, and intensive supervision to manage offender behavior and ensure victim safety.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  Varies, $50,000 to $2.5 million.

16.590 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 16.588 Violence Against Women Formula Grants;
  • 16.587 Violence Against Women Discretionary Grants for Indian Tribal Governments;
  • 16.589 Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program.

16.590 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, about 45 grants totaling about $26,000,000 were awarded.

16.590 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $66,260,032; FY 00 est $36,833,139; and FY 01 est $33,288,400.

Budget Account Number:  15-8586-0-1-754.

Authorization:  Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. 3796hh; Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 40152, as amended.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  The OJP Financial Guide is applicable.

16.590 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Phone: (202) 307-6026.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

16.590 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 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:  Up to 12 months. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Grants are available to States that are currently award recipients and Indian tribal governments, and units of local governments to encourage them to treat domestic violence as a serious violation of criminal law.

16.590 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Semi-annual progress and quarterly financial reports are required, as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide. Upon completion of the grant period, grantees shall file a performance report explaining the activities carried out and including an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program.

Audits:  In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organization," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

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

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