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AVA/OVW Conference Call Summary – January 2019

AVA/OVW CONFERENCE CALL SUMMARYJANUARY 14, 2019 11:00 – 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) OVW Staff: OVW Associate Director Amy Loder, STOP Program Managers Latonya Eaddy and Omar Mohammed, SASP Team Lead Melissa Schmisek AVA Board Members: Julia Fuller-Wilson, Bill Schaefer, Cecilia Miller, Tina Chamberlain, MaryEllen Garcia, Michelle Bynum, Diana Fleming, Merry Wills AVA Executive […]

FY19 Appropriations Bill Becomes Law

Dear Administrators: Thankfully, just ahead of a second government shutdown, the FY19 appropriations bill has been passed by both the House and Senate and subsequently signed by the President. Of great interest to VAWA Administrators, $497,500,000 was transferred from the Crime Victims Fund to support STOP VAWA Formula and Discretionary grants. Here’s a breakdown of […]

Rape Survivor Child Custody Act (RSCCA) Application Due Date

While you may have already seen the below message from OVW, we wanted to be sure that you saw the RSCCA application due date notice from Amy Loder:     Good morning and happy New Year.   Applications and certification letters for the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act (RSCCA) funds are due by 11:59 pm ET […]

Continuing Resolution

Hello:  I know that many of you are anxious for information regarding a possible government shutdown.  We can report the current Continuing Resolution to fund Federal government operations expires at midnight (EST) on Friday, December 21, 2018.  Without another Continuing Resolution or enactment of FY 2019 full-year appropriations, there will be a funding lapse that […]

OVW Grant Awards by State/Territory and Program

In the event that you were not previously aware of the following link to a useful OVW website, we want to make it easy for you to access it. From the link, you can access OVW data regarding: Grant Awards by State – lists the OVW Formula amounts and OVW Discretionary awards to your state/territory […]

The Connection Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

As the former NYS VAWA Administrator, my staff members and I held three workshops across the state several years ago on the intersection of Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse.  We invited prosecutors, law enforcement, DV advocates, animal protective services, DV and animal shelter personnel to attend.  We held a workshop in NYC, one in rural […]

Points of Protocol for Agencies Working with Tribes

The following document was created by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  It was developed to provide useful guidance about the most respectful things to consider when interacting with Tribal governments or agencies. Points of Protocol for Agencies Working with Tribes  

Peer-to-Peer Meeting in Seattle, October 2018

AVA Conducts Peer-to-Peer Mentoring in Seattle AVA held the most recent Peer-to-Peer (P2P) mentoring/assistance workshop last week at the Crowne Plaza in Seattle, WA. The P2P program continues to gain momentum and popularity among VAWA Administrators as 19 administrators from 14 states and Guam attended the fifth regional mentoring meeting on October 24th and 25th, […]

AVA/OVW CONFERENCE CALL SUMMARY – October 2018

AVA/OVW CONFERENCE CALL SUMMARY OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 11:00 – 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)   OVW Staff:Amy Loder, Kevin Sweeney, Omar Mohammed, Melissa Schmisek, Frances Cook, Sherry Ann Moore   AVA Board Members/Staff: Jade Palin, Michelle Bynum, Cecilia Miller, MaryEllen Garcia, Barry Bryant   SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION Welcome and Introductions – Team members from […]

NYPD Commissioner Apologizes To Rape Survivor 24 Years Later: ‘We Were Wrong’

U.S. NEWS 10/29/2018 07:43 am ET NYPD Commissioner Apologizes To Rape Survivor 24 Years Later: ‘We Were Wrong’ James O’Neill said the police department, which publicly doubted the woman’s account in 1994, “let her down in almost every possible way.” By Dominique Mosbergen ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said he was “deeply and […]