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Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs | Office on Violence Against Women Announces New Funding Opportunity for Sexual Assault Justice Initiative to Improve Sexual Assault Prosecutions

(09/02/2015) The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) today announced the release of a new $2.8 million funding opportunity as part of OVW’s Sexual Assault Justice Initiative (SAJI). Launched in April 2015, the SAJI is an opportunity to improve how the justice system in general, and prosecution in particular, handles sexual assault cases. This funding announcement will support approximately eight pilot sites to receive up to $400,000 to implement performance measures that reflect promising practices for prosecuting sexual assault and promote justice for victims. [ . . . ]

Each pilot site will receive technical assistance from AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women to implement the performance measures and enhance their approach to prosecuting sexual assault. Sites will also participate in the evaluation of the initiative.

Applications for the SAJI demonstration initiative are due on Oct. 13, 2015. The solicitation is available at and For information on the Office on Violence Against Women and its grant programs, visit

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