Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)
This award is made under a program entitled "Services for American Victims of Domestic Violence Abroad". The money for this grant comes from the Crime Victims Fund which is administered by the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC). It is derived not from tax dollars, but rather from fines, penalty assessments, and bond forfeitures of convicted federal criminal offenders. The U.S. Attorneys in each District play a critical role in securing these funds to benefit federal, tribal, state and local crime victim programs. This grant reflects the continuing commitment of the Department of Justice to improve the treatment of crime victims.
The purpose of the OVC FY 10 Services for American Victims of Domestic Violence Abroad is to provide a continuum of services to American citizens experiencing family violence while living in a foreign country. The organization will provide a range of services to these victims including, but not limited to, crisis hotline support, safety planning, counseling referrals, relocation assistance, and legal assistance. The grantee will develop a series of bulletins, to be published by OVC, which address the critical issues for domestic violence services provided to victims abroad and the need for service coordination with providers in the United States to ensure a continuum of services to those victims who elect to return to the U.S.
The "Global Campaign to Empower Americans Abused Abroad" includes a direct services model for victims of domestic violence overseas as well as an outreach and educational model with American Embassies, Consulates expatriate groups and local service providers.