Justice Department Awards $22 Million to Reduce Sexual, Domestic Violence on College Campuses

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The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it will provide nearly $22 million in grant funding to help prevent sexual and domestic violence on college and university campuses.

The Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men Grant Program will provide approximately $11 million through 25 grants to help create programming that encourages boys and men to be change agents who will address sexual and domestic violence in their communities. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will also award nearly $11 million through 36 grants to end sexual, domestic, and dating violence on campuses.

“We need to support college campuses with the resources to create a campus culture that is not tolerant of sexual assault or dating violence,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta stated in a press release. “These grants will help colleges and universities develop prevention policies, offer survivor-centered services, and train campus police to meet the needs of their students. These grants also provide critical intervention services to children and young adults, in addition to engaging them to be leaders in combatting violence.”

The awards will include support for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

“One of OVW’s top priorities is to improve our outreach and services to underserved communities,” OVW Acting Director Allison Randall stated in the release. “We recognize that HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs face unique issues and challenges in preventing and responding to campus violence and we’re honored to work with grantees in 2023 and in the years to come to support survivors.”

More information about the grant programs will be announced in the late fall on the justice.gov/ovw website.