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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Violence Against Women Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2011: FY11:
53 applications
20 awards. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available
Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title III, Section 306, Public Law 109-162.; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000; Public Law 106-386, Section 1301, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 10420.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Application forms furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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.

Requirements set forth in 28 CFR parts 66 and 70 and 2 CFR parts 225 and 230 apply.
Award Procedure
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 OVW.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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 are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and included in an annual solciation.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly financial reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OVW Financial Guide. No cash reports are required. Semi-annual progress 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. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
The award recipient must keep complete records on disposition of funds.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of programs or projects contained in approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing the costs of their project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length of assistance is provided in an annual solicitation. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Christina Murray 145 N Street, NE, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20530 Email: Phone: 202-307-0344
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 11 $7,734,906; FY 12 est $6,224,569; and FY 13 est $6,224,569
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $340,216 - $492,500;
Average: $386,745.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The OVW Financial Guide is applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available