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Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
IHEs, and Individuals to Research Dating Violence

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office of Justice Programs (OJP) - National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

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03/20/17 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, and certain qualified individuals for research addressing intimate partner violence and related criminal behavior. The purpose of this program is to build a knowledge base and develop strategies to reduce violence against women and girls, and to promote justice for crime victims.

Program-Specific Information:

The mission of the Violence Against Women (VAW) program is to promote the safety of women and girls. The program seeks to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking; and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes. The mission is accomplished through the following objectives:

1) Identifying the causes and consequences of VAW;

2) Evaluating promising prevention and intervention programs;

3) Rapid communication of research results; and

4) Supporting effective collaboration among a multidisciplinary set of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in the conduct of research.

NIJ works closely with a number of stakeholders in this area to inform research and evaluation in the area of violence against women including the Office on Violence Against Women, Office for Victims of Crime, and Department of Health and Human Services. NIJ has supported research in the area of violence against women for over four decades through annual solicitations, research workshops, and dissemination efforts.

A compilation of NIJ’s work in this area can be found in the Crime, Violence & Victimization Research Division’s Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women: 1993-2015,2 which highlights over 300 projects supported through NIJ’s program since 1993. More information on NIJ’s support of research in the areas of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual violence can be found on topic specific webpages:

-Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program
-Teen Dating Violence
-Intimate Partner Violence
-Rape and Sexual Violence
-Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women
-Intimate Partner Stalking

Although proposals broadly related to the aforementioned violence against women topics are acceptable under this solicitation, NIJ has outlined priority areas of interest below related to teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Applicants are encouraged to consider proposals that fall within NIJ’s priority areas.

Teen Dating Violence:

1) NIJ is interested in proposals that help us to understand the experiences that sexual and gender minority youth and/or youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) have with teen dating violence (a.k.a. adolescent relationship abuse). Areas of interest to NIJ include, but are not limited to:

-The context within which teen dating violence occurs specific to sexual and gender minority youth and/or LGBTQ youth. This includes, but is not limited to, how or under what conditions these teens use abuse and violence in relationships, and the association of relationship violence with the dynamic nature of teen relationships.

-Studies that investigate the aspects of sexual and gender minority youth and/or LGBTQ youth relationships that may be similar or different to heteronormative teen dating relationships where teen dating violence is present.

-Studies that investigate whether, and how, prevention and intervention programs need to be tailored to meet the unique needs of sexual and gender minority youth and/or LGBTQ youth.

2)NIJ also is interested in proposals that examine teen dating relationship quality, specifically the complex interactions between positive and negative relationship dynamics. Applicants are encouraged to review the findings from the NIJ-sponsored concept mapping study which found that youth experience their relationships as a complex mix of both positive and negative qualities. Of particular interest to NIJ are proposals in one or more of the following areas:

-The impact and interaction of positive relationship qualities in relationships where teen dating violence may also present;

-Whether and how positive relationship aspects may serve as a protective factor against the development of unhealthy relationship dynamics;

-Whether and how such positive qualities may undermine prevention and intervention efforts by influencing youth motivation and engagement in such programming;

-How intervention and prevention efforts can be adapted or developed to better account for the full range of youth relationship experiences.

Intimate Partner Violence

1) NIJ is interested in supporting research in several key areas related to intimate partner violence. In March 2016, NIJ held a technical working group focused on the criminal justice response to intimate partner violence victims.5 This working group was held following a brief questionnaire sent to the field about gaps and priorities in the intimate partner violence research field. A key gap continues to be evaluating responses to intimate partner violence victims as they move through the criminal justice system, including the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. NIJ therefore seeks research that assesses or evaluates the following responses to intimate partner violence victims in the criminal justice system:

-Mandatory and other arrest policies related to victim and offender impact and outcomes;

-Criminal justice system versus noncriminal justice system interventions as predictors of victim outcome;

-Prosecutor decision-making post-filing through disposition–including potential internal influences (e.g., agency environment, agency attitudes on domestic violence/ intimate partner violence cases, capacity to take cases, agency support to prosecute), and external influences (e.g., victim considerations, public opinion, relationships with advocacy organizations);

-Prosecutorial methods such as vertical, horizontal, and victimless prosecution;

-Factors affecting victim involvement/participation in court process including, but not limited to, presence of advocates, timing/delays, witness intimidation/tampering, coercion by court system, fees/fines imposed by court, immigration status, felony/misdemeanor (consideration of injury), financial/familial burden (e.g., housing, child support), involvement with civil system.

2) Despite programs and measures designed to assess general population financial security and/or empowerment, minimal work has been done to assess financial security, empowerment, and burden among IPV victims. NIJ is interested in supporting research on financial security, financial empowerment, and financial burden and examining how these topics integrate into the broader violence against women field. For example, there are financial empowerment interventions with promising evaluation results in the general population that could be adapted for use and evaluated with IPV victims.

For the purposes of this solicitation, financial empowerment, often refered to as financial self-efficacy, can be defined as one’s ability to manage finances without being overwhelmed, including one’s perception of one’s own ability to achieve financial goals or stick to a spending plan. Financial security is one part of financial well-being, and includes having control over your day-to-day, month-to-month finances along with the capacity to absorb a financial shock. Financial burden is related to how an event or unforeseen issue can lead to additional costs necessitating additional income and/or leading to financial problems. Applicants should provide adaptations of these definitions as it relates to intimate partner violence.

Of particular interest to NIJ is research in the following areas:

-Understanding financial security and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence;

-Understanding how financial burden may impact decision-making among intimate partner violence victims (e.g., law enforcement reporting, marriage dissolution, child custody, housing); and

-Adaptation, testing, and validation of financial tools/scales being used in the general population for application to intimate partner violence victims (e.g., the financial well- being scale developed by the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau7).

Sexual Violence:

NIJ is interested in supporting research on young adult sex offenders that perpetrate against other young adults. Currently, there is a dearth of information on this population of sex offenders and how to treat and intervene with this group that victimizes their peers. Little prevention and intervention work in the area of sexual violence has targeted perpetrators or potential perpetrators, rather the majority of research in this area has been focused on victim risk- factors, victim self-protection, victim impact, campus/college policies, and bystander intervention. Of particular interest to NIJ is research in the following areas:

-Research replicating prior work in the sex offender realm that may be applicable to young adult sex offenders that perpetrate against other young adults;

-Pilot testing of new or existing interventions designed to change the behavior of perpetrators or potential perpetrators, including adaptation of interventions; and

Investigator-initiated research projects that enhance knowledge about sexual violence perpetration among young adults are encouraged. Research and evaluation projects may focus on campus/university/college populations, the general young adult populations, or both.

American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) Homicide and Death Investigation Studies:

NIJ is interested in supporting original research that studies the frequency, nature, and causes of homicide among American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) females (women and girls) using multiple data sources (e.g., Indian Health Service Mortality Data, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Multiple Cause of Death Mortality Data, National Death Index, National Incident-Based Reporting System, National Violent Death Reporting System, National Vital Statistics System, Supplementary Homicide Report, Uniform Crime Report) and using multiple research methods. Of particular interest are:

-Analyses that provide the distribution of this population on a demographic basis (e.g., age, ethnicity, race, sex) as well as on a geographic basis (e.g., national, regional, county, and reservation vs. non-reservation residence); and

-Studies comparing federal, State, local, and tribal homicide data sources and systems, and the extent to which missing data and miscoding or misclassification of race data impacts AI and AN death investigations as well as other factors that may constrain or enhance effective case resolution.

Special consideration will be given to applicants that focus in-depth on the contextual characteristics of AI and AN female homicide cases (e.g., demographic information about the individuals involved, incident characteristics, situational contexts associated with these cases).

Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Expected Scholarly Products:

The goals of the violence against women program of research are to improve knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, domestic and intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual assault violence issues. NIJ strives to provide objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women and girls, and promote healing and justice for victims. The objective of this solicitation is to fund multiple projects across the major violence against women content areas including teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and violence against American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179480

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $5,000,000

Term of Contract:

NIJ expects to make awards for a 24-month to 48-month period of performance, to begin on, or after, January 1, 2018.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for- profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals.

For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

NIJ welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees”). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering funding and managing the entire project, including monitoring and appropriately managing any subawards (“subgrants”).

Under this solicitation, any particular applicant entity may submit more than one application, as long as each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

What will not be funded:

-Applications primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies. (A budget may include these items if they are necessary to conduct research, development, demonstration, evaluation, or analysis.)

-Applications that are not responsive to this specific solicitation.

-Programs or services unrelated to the scope of the research project or existing programs
or services being evaluated.

-Training in support of programs or direct services unrelated to or associated with the proposed research project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 PM eastern time on March 20, 2017.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

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