I highly recommend the Alliance and their trainings to anyone interested in this field.Our collaborative relationship with the Alliance is invaluable.* * * OVW provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation.Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.The department developed and validated a free survey that is particularly useful.“Schools that individualize their response to sexual, dating and domestic violence are better able to meet the unique needs of their student populations, especially underserved groups,” said OVW Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, Ph. “Coordinated, comprehensive responses allow college communities to develop sustainable strategies to address these crimes.” Also during September, which is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, OVW has published a series of blog posts on best practices for keeping campuses safe for all.Also this year, OVW is awarding 16 grants to organizations that will provide legal assistance to victims on campuses.The recipients of these competitive awards will work to deliver effective, comprehensive and coordinated strategies that help survivors heal; reduce campus sexual and domestic violence; and improve the institution’s response to these crimes.
Even Married Couples Can’t Misbehave One would think that tying the knot is your ticket to paradise. — In Oblong, Ill., it’s illegal to have sex on your wedding day if you’re fishing or hunting.But that’s an eternity when you consider that it’s illegal to smooch for more than one second if you’re in Halethorpe, Md. Many laws simply invite the question of "how are they going to pull that one off? An old Florida statute states that two people cannot commit "unusual acts" together, but there’s no specification as to what that means!— An old law in California made it illegal for either partner to reach climax before the other during foreplay. You know, some things you just never think about doing.In addition to overseeing 21 federal grant programs, OVW often undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges.I've been through many trainings over the years in the realm of trauma work, none have mirrored the quality, depth and scope of the Alliance's training.OVW encourages colleges and universities to use data from a campus climate survey to determine their institution’s specific needs and create a customized plan to respond.