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FY 2004
Discretionary Grants for the Family Violence Prevention and Services

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, Office of Administration
(see all US Federal Agencies)

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Applications Due:

Jul 19, 2004
Received By

total funding: $150,000
max award: $50,000
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: Yes
number of awards: 4
type of funding: Grant

Demonstration of Improved Services Delivery to
Victims of Family Violence Who are Disabled. The Administration for
Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families,
Family Youth Services Bureau announces the availability and request for
applications for its FY 2004 Family Violence Prevention and Services
discretionary grants. Legislative Authority The Family Violence
Prevention and Services Act (the Act) was originally enacted in sections
301-313 of Title III of the ''Child Abuse Amendments of 1984'' (Pub. L.
98-457, 10/9/84). The Act was reauthorized and otherwise amended by the
''Child Abuse Prevention, Adoptions, and Family Services Act of 1988'' (Pub.
L. 100-294, 4/25/88); the ''Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and
Family Services Act of 1992'' (Pub. L. 102-295, 5/28/92); the ''Safe Homes
for Women Act of 1994,'' Subtitle B of the ''Violent Crime Control and Law
Enforcement Act of 1994'' (Pub. L. 103-322, 9/13/94); and the ''Child Abuse
and Prevention Treatment Act Amendments of 1996'' (Pub. L. 104-235,
10/3/96); and the ''Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of
2000'' (Pub. L. 106- 386, 10/28/00). The Act was most recently amended by
the ''Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003'' (Pub. L. 108-36).
Purpose The purpose of the priority area is to support the collaborative
planning and development of innovative, comprehensive and replicable
services for responding to violence against women and men with disabilities.
Projects funded under this priority area will address the needs of disabled
persons in order to remove the barriers they face to accessing safety and
justice. It is anticipated that some of these grants will support the
initial design of collaborative initiatives and some will support efforts
presently underway at a State, tribal, county or local level. Successful
applicants will be required to demonstrate collaboration between recognized
domestic violence service providers or state and tribal domestic violence
coalitions and agencies providing services for, or involved with, the
institution, maintenance and/or development of policy on the needs of
persons with disabilities who have been abused. Collaborations may also
include faith-based programs working with the disabled community.
Background The definition of abuse is generally expanded in relation to
its occurrence with persons with disabilities to include neglect leading to
physical harm, abandonment, desertion or neglect of duties by a caregiver,
or inappropriate language or intimidation. Both males and females with
disabilities are at increased risk of abuse due to reliance on their
caregivers. For a disabled person, there are unique dynamics to both the
power and control issues present in all abusive relationships and the actual
form that abuse can manifest. The complexity of the relationship between a
person who is disabled and their partner is as multi-faceted as the types of
disabilities existent and the possible degrees of severity of those
disabilities. Disabled people are at risk for experiencing abuse that is
specifically related to their disability support needs. The fear of not
having their basic needs met when assistance is not provided, fear of
institutionalization; the denial of the physical or emotional pain resulting
from the disability are just some particulars to the abusive relationship.
Removing the battery from a power wheelchair, putting a walker out of reach,
or taking a phone away can be similar to locking that person in a closet.
Because many of these forms of abuse are little known and go unrecognized,
abused persons with disabilities are isolated and underserved. With no
appropriate red flags, service providers inadvertently create barriers to
the disclosures of such abuse. Women, and men, who disclose that they have
experienced abuse need to be further assessed for factors that may place
them at increased risk. For the abused, these factors silently exacerbate if
the appropriate assessment and safety planning that needs to be available is
not put into place. The ability to provide services that truly address the
needs of the abused disabled person is reliant on, at minimum, providing
service providers with supports that are tested and accepted for use with
persons who are not disabled but supports that are informed and structured
to address the physical, attitudinal and programmatic barriers of abused
persons. The development of intervention techniques such as domestic
violence screening questions, case management and the establishment of
policies and procedures that relate to and illuminate the interconnectedness
of the disability and abuse would ensure and accelerate access to essential
services. Projects will address the needs of persons with disabilities in
order to remove the barriers they face through the enhancement of resource
material, curricula and relevant products. Minimum Requirements Using
the combined expertise of the domestic violence community and the community
of persons with disabilities the project should: Propose major
collaborations between domestic violence practitioners and disability
organizations for the purpose of maximizing the ability of service providers
to respond to a person who has the dual challenges of being abused and
disabled. These collaborations should be supported through commitment and
collaboration letters indicating the understanding and extent of the role of
the organizations involved. Develop educational material that allows for
recognition of abuse from both the victims' and the domestic violence
service provider's point of view. This material should clarify the nature of
the abuse, validate the person's experience and address the abusive
environment correctly. Develop for the use of service providers succinct,
disability specific materials, in an easily replicated, conveniently
structured and distributable format describing best practices as to the
detection and intervention of abuse among the disabled. Develop a product
dissemination strategy by which this information could best be directed to
organizations and institution for maximum application to disabled persons
who might be experiencing abuse.

Who can apply:

City Or Township Governments
County Governments
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Non-Government - General
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 Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
Special District Governments
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
U.S. Territories And Possessions (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women's Shelters_Discretionary Grants

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If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: William D.

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Department of Health and Human Services, Administration
for Children and Families

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