The Office of Violence Against Women, part of the US Department of Justice, was created in 1995 and administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of these crimes.
The University of Mary Washington is a 2016 recipient of the Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program. This program aims to strengthen the response of institutions of higher education to the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campuses and enhances collaboration among campuses, local law enforcement, and victim advocacy organizations. This grant, which is housed in UMW’s Office of Title IX, provides $300,000 over the course of three years and has allowed for:
- The hiring of a grant manager
- The hiring of a victim advocate/case manager with shared hours at UMW, Empowerhouse, and the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (RCASA)
- The creation of the Center for Prevention and Education in Fairfax House, which provides student and faculty/staff collaboration space and educational materials and supports the Office of Title IX’s TEAL Peer Educators Program
- The formation of an inter-agency Coordinated Community Response Team that includes members of UMW Office of Title IX, UMW Athletics, UMW Residence Life, UMW Police, UMW Office of Student Conduct and Responsibility, Fredericksburg Police, Fredericksburg Victim Witness, RCASA, EmpowerHouse, the UMW James Farmer Multicultural Center, student and faculty representatives, and more.
- Three intensive training conferences for grant team leaders in the first year of the grant, and two conferences in the third year of the grant
- Various training and workshop opportunities for members of the Mary Washington community, including comprehensive law enforcement training
- Formation of a campus Fatality Review Team
- A full-day training institute for UMW and community members on best practice responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking
- Comprehensive and culturally inclusive programming throughout the school year
For more information on the OVW Campus Grant, please contact:
Project Coordinator for the Prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking