Demonstration Program on Trauma-Informed, Victim Centered Training for Law Enforcement


The Attorney General shall award grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities to collaborate with their mandatory partners to carry out the demonstration program under this section by implementing evidence-based or promising investigative policies and practices to incorporate trauma-informed, victim-centered techniques designed to- (A) prevent re-traumatization of the victim; (B) ensure that covered individuals use evidence-based practices to respond to and investigate cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (C) improve communication between victims and law enforcement officers in an effort to increase the likelihood of the successful investigation and prosecution of the reported crime in a manner that protects the victim to the greatest extent possible; (D) increase collaboration among stakeholders who are part of the coordinated community response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and (E) evaluate the effectiveness of the training process and content.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Boards and Divisions Offices, Office On Violence Against Women, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 34-12513
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
A State, local, territorial, or Tribal law enforcement agency in partnership with a national, regional, or local victim services organization or agency
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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 Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must apply through the on-line portal and the Department of Justice's JustGrants System.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency. The Authorized Representative must accept the award online.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.
Not applicable.
Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for award selection is specified in the program solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
An eligible entity that receives an award under this section shall use the funds to- (1) train covered individuals within the demonstration site of the eligible entity to use evidence-based, trauma-informed, and victim-centered techniques and knowledge of crime victims' rights throughout an investigation into domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including by- (A) conducting victim interviews in a manner that- (i) elicits valuable information about the domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and (ii) avoids re-traumatization of the victim; (B) conducting field investigations that mirror best and promising practices available at the time of the investigation; (C) customizing investigative approaches to ensure a culturally and linguistically appropriate approach to the community being served; (D) becoming proficient in understanding and responding to complex cases, including cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking- (i) facilitated by alcohol or drugs; (ii) involving strangulation; (iii) committed by a non-stranger; (iv) committed by an individual of the same sex as the victim; (v) involving a victim with a disability; (vi) involving a male victim; or (vii) involving a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (commonly referred to as "LGBT") victim; (E) developing collaborative relationships between- (i) law enforcement officers and other members of the response team; and (ii) the community being served; and (F) developing an understanding of how to define, identify, and correctly classify a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and (2) promote the efforts of the eligible entity to improve the response of covered individuals to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking through various communication channels, such as the website of the eligible entity, social media, print materials, and community meetings, in order to ensure that all covered individuals within the demonstration site of the eligible entity are aware of those efforts and included in trainings, to the extent practicable.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Semi-annual performance 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.
Not applicable.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Information regarding length of awards will be included in an annual solicitation for the program. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Ayesha Gaston
145 N. St. NE
Washington, DC 20530 USA
Phone: 2023076026
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $5,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program solicitations can be found at Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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