Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Implementation

To assist tribal governments in implementing the Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction which was created by section 904 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Related Programs16.024 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program; 16.587 Violence Against Women Discretionary Grants for Indian Tribal Governments

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Comanche Nation $ 299,960   2021-10-012023-09-30
Red Lake Band Of Chippewa Indians $ 296,629   2020-10-012023-09-30
Nez Perce Tribe $ 385,906   2020-10-012023-09-30
Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians $ 449,722   2020-10-012023-09-30
Pauma Band Of Mission Indians $ 363,223   2020-10-012023-09-30
Tesuque Pueblo Administration $ 365,665   2020-10-012023-09-30
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Of Oklahoma $ 407,000   2020-10-012023-09-30
Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe $ 106,672   2022-01-012022-12-31
Muscogee (creek) Nation, The $ 250,000   2022-01-012022-12-31
The Cherokee Nation $ 250,000   2022-01-012022-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants can be used for the following purposes: (1) to strengthen tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian tribes in exercising special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction, including? (A) law enforcement (including the capacity of law enforcement or court personnel to enter information into and obtain information from national crime information databases); (B) prosecution; (C) trial and appellate courts; (D) probation systems; (E) detention and correctional facilities; (F) alternative rehabilitation centers; (G) culturally appropriate services and assistance for victims and their families; and (H) criminal codes and rules of criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and evidence; (2) to provide indigent criminal defendants with the effective assistance of licensed defense counsel, at no cost to the defendant, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe prosecutes a crime of domestic violence or dating violence or a criminal violation of a protection order; (3) to ensure that, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe exercises special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction, jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with all applicable requirements; and (4) to accord victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim described in section 3771 (a) of title 18, consistent with tribal law and custom.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are tribal governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include the tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers.


Specific criteria for the program are provided in an annual solicitation available at www.justice.gov/OVW. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may apply online in the Grants.gov portal. Receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow OVW policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to OVW.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Public Law 113-4, 25 U.S.C 1304(f).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

At least one year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released on an as needed basis to the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required.

Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $2,219,939; FY 17 est $3,465,000; and FY 18 est $2,200,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program solicitations can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs. Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grantees.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tia Farmer 145 N. St. NE, Suite 10W121, Washington, District of Columbia 20530 Email: tia.farmer@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-305-1177

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women in program guidelines published annually.

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