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Crime Victims Fund Stabilization Act of 2024

Good afternoon.  I hope you are well and almost ready to start a relaxing weekend. Earlier this week, I participated in an NCJA webinar that in part focused on the Crime Victims Fund.  Because so many of you or co-workers within your agency also administer VOCA, I wanted to give you a summary of some of […]

President Biden’s FY25 Budget re VAWA

Good morning/afternoon.  President Biden’s FY25 Budget was released today and posted on the OMB’s website.  I am sharing two links that provide more specific detail about this budget. The following link is a 44 page document that is the DOJ Appendix for the FY25 Budget. You can find VAWA specific information starting at the bottom of page […]

AVA Executive Director Position

The AVA Board of Directors is excited to announce that we are searching for our next Executive Director.  Our current ED, Barry Bryant has expressed his desire to retire by August of this year. The AVA ED position is a part-time position that requires about 25-30 hours each week and allows interested individuals to work […]

NCJA Podcast on Engaging Tribal Communities

About a week ago, I was listening to an NCJA podcast from June of 2023.   The podcast seemed like something that new VAWA Administrators may find helpful and useful as they begin thinking about and planning for their first/next Implementation Plan (IP). This particular podcast focuses on engaging tribal communities and offers suggestions for building […]

Holiday Message from AVA Executive Director

Every year about this time, I send out an end-of-the-year “Thank You” via our listserv.  This year will be no different in that regard! It is challenging to say something original each year and to say it in a way that you trust that my feelings and thoughts are both authentic and sincere, but I […]

AVA is Seeking New Board Members !

The Association of VAWA Administrators (AVA) is seeking new board members to be voted in during our June 16, 2023 meeting! AVA leadership should be reflective of our VAWA membership across the country through representation from various geographic regions, VAWA staff who are new to the field, those that have years of experience and ensuring […]

Abuse in Later Life – Webinar

Good morning! A former VAWA Administrator (who now works for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)) reached out to me recently to let me know about a webinar that you might find informative and be interested in participating in. Please see the details below: Abuse in Later Life on the Radar: Funding […]

NYS Legislation Establishing Statewide Rape Kit Tracking System

For Immediate Release: 12/22/2022 GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL   GOVERNOR HOCHUL SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING STATEWIDE RAPE KIT TRACKING SYSTEM    Legislation S7867-A/A9596-A Will Help Survivors of Sexual Assault Track Evidence Collection Kits  Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation (S7867-A/A9596-A) to establish a statewide electronic tracking system for sexual offense evidence collection kits, commonly known as rape kits. […]

AVA Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Meeting – May 2023

Good afternoon VAWA Administrators! As 2022 comes to an end, AVA is considering conducting an in-person, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) meeting in late May of 2023 in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of this post is to determine the level of interest and availability we have from you, the 56 VAWA State/Territory Administering Agencies. AVA has not yet […]