Office on Violence Against Women Announces Awards of $16.5 Million+ In Efforts to Support Public Safety in Northern District of Texas

Laura L. Rogers who currently serves as the Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Prior to joining OVW, Laura L. Rogers was sworn in as Director of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice on January 4, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN.

WASHINGTON – Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Acting Director Laura L. Rogers announced awards of more than $16.5 million to support public safety efforts in the Northern District of Texas. Funds will help law enforcement agencies, local cities and counties, campus safety, and victim service providers and domestic violence shelters fight gun, gang, drug and domestic and sexual violence and bring criminals to justice.

“The Department of Justice is providing well-deserved funding to local law enforcement in North Texas to help further advance the critical efforts of fighting violent crime and serving victims of crime and abuse,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “I’m grateful to U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for her leadership there and, especially, for her steadfast work with the Department in the prevention of domestic-violence homicides.”

Acting Director Rogers made the announcement at Family Place Inc., a domestic violence shelter in Dallas. Acting Director Rogers also recognized U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Erin Nealy Cox, for her work as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Attorney General and Chair of the Workgroup on prosecuting gun crimes to stop and reduce domestic violence. Corresponding with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Acting Director Rogers and U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox discussed the Department’s work in bolstering law enforcement, providing victim services, and keeping firearms out of the hands of abusers.

“The Department of Justice is proud to make this critical funding available to the Northern District of Texas, making public safety resources available to help law enforcement officers reduce crime and protect the citizens of Texas,” said Acting Director Rogers. “We are also grateful for the hard work  and exceptional leadership of U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, who represents the Justice Department’s most vital link between Washington and the communities of her district and represents the Attorney General’s priority of ending violent crime—especially violent domestic and sexual violence. We congratulate the award recipients and look forward to seeing the good work that the awards will produce.”

“We’re grateful to all our grantees for their work protecting and empowering victims of domestic abuse,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “The Justice Department is proud to stand alongside them in the fight to end domestic violence.”  

The awards were made by the three grant-making components of the Department of Justice—OVW, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office of Justice Programs.

A full list of COPS awards is available online at https://cops.usdoj.gov/grants. OJP awards, organized under specific grant programs, are available online at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/OJPAwardData.htm. For OVW awards, visit https://www.justice.gov/ovw/awards.

About the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services:

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 130,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

About the Office of Justice Programs:

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal justice system. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

About the Office on Violence Against Women:

The Office on Violence Against Women provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence 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. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at www.justice.gov/ovw.

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