Recent News

GAO Study re Sexual Assault Exams

Good afternoon and Happy Monday! AVA received a detailed email from Chris Hatscher, Senior Analyst with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) last Friday. After receiving the email, I also spoke on the phone with Chris at length about a project he/GAO is working on that is likely to involve each of you. The VAWA Reauthorization Act […]

VAWA Reauthorization “Redline” Document

Good afternoon. Per the request of many VAWA Administrators, I am sharing the following document that outlines the changes in the most recent VAWA Reauthorization when compared to the previously existing statute.   A great big thank you to the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence who prepared this redline document that details […]

VAWA Reauthorization Comparisons

During our AVA Annual Meeting last week, several administrators requested something akin to a side-by-side comparison of the 2021 VAWA Reauthorization (passed in 2022) and the 2013 VAWA Reauthorization.   I will continue to work on this but wanted to share part of a press release in March by the USDOJ Office of Public Affairs.  […]

AVA Board Meeting – May 10, 2022

Good afternoon and Happy Friday! This email is a reminder of the AVA Annual Meeting that will be held virtually on May 10, 2022 at 1:30 EST.  Here is the Zoom link for the meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87121256032?pwd=a3BGRmZ3K0ZrbnoyVXY1K3luMUwxQT09 The AVA Board will provide an overview of the goals and accomplishments and a review of the AVA budget.  We will also elect […]

White House Fact Sheet on Reauthorization

Please refer to the below link for an informative Fact Sheet about the VAWA Reauthorization that the White House published and released last week.   https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/16/fact-sheet-reauthorization-of-the-violence-against-women-act-vawa/ Take care,   Barry

SAVE the DATE – May 10th, 2022

Good morning VAWA Administrators. Please find attached a “save the date” announcement for May 10th, 2022.   AVA will hold our annual meeting that afternoon from 1:30-3:00pm EST and we hope that you will be able to join us. It’s an opportunity to learn more about AVA, the services that we offered to administrators last year, […]

IMPORTANT – Come join the AVA Board!

  Come join the AVA Board!     The Association of VAWA Administrators (AVA) is seeking new board members to be voted in during our spring 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 […]

Consultants Needed

Good morning VAWA Administrators! The OVC VOCA Center at the National Criminal Justice Association is the newest TA provider funded by OVC for VOCA  Assistance and Compensation Administrators. They are reaching out to AVA and to each of you for support.  They are working on putting together training for VOCA Assistance Administrators on passing grant funds […]

AVA Connect Conversation on Implementation Planning – December 9, 2021

Good afternoon administrators!  I hope that all of you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. I wanted to make you aware of the upcoming AVA Connect conversation on December 9th, 2021 at 2:00pm EST.   This is the seventh and final conversation focused on Implementation Planning. During this conversation, we hope to create space for you […]