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Office of Criminal Justice Services Seeks Requests for Proposals for VAWA and JAG Programs

(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) today released the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) requests for proposals in an effort to provide funding to victim service providers, law enforcement, prosecution, court, and correction agencies throughout Ohio.

“We are confident that these programs will help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives while simultaneously enabling communities to effectively combat violence and criminal activity,” said OCJS Executive Director Karhlton Moore.

The VAWA program allows local governments to support a broad range of activities to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  VAWA funds contribute toward developing effective responses to violence against women through activities that include direct services, crisis intervention, transitional housing, legal assistance to victims, court improvement, and training for law enforcement and courts.

The JAG program allows local and state governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on the needs and conditions of the jurisdictions.  Ohio projects support various components of the criminal justice system from multijurisdictional drug task forces, school resource officers, drug, veteran and mental health courts, correction projects, and justice technology initiatives.  JAG funds are designed as seed money to establish new and promising programs that improve the criminal justice systems.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 5 p.m.

For more details, visit the OCJS Web site at:  http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/