BWJP serves as the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Provider for the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women’s Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program.

Improving Criminal Justice Responses (formerly Arrest) grants support interagency efforts by prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, probation officers, advocates, attorneys, and the courts to enhance victim safety and offender accountability.

Through trainings, webinars and consultations with grantees, BWJP works to strengthen their coordinated community responses to domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by improving:

  1. Their ability to identify, analyze, and resolve systemic problems within existing practices, and,
  2. The knowledge and skills of the range of professionals involved in handling these cases.

BWJP’s TA activities include:

Trainings:
  • Multi-disciplinary trainings on a variety of issues related to criminal/civil justice interventions
  • Advocacy Institutes that enhance the effectiveness of advocates working to improve criminal/civil justice responses in their communities
  • Monthly webinars on emerging issues and promising practices
  • Specialized institutes for prosecutors and judges, in partnership with other national TA providers
Community Safety Assessments:

BWJP staff can work with your community to assess and analyze how existing institutional practices and policies impact the safety of victims, offender accountability, and interagency collaboration. Practice Assessment Guides are available to assist communities in conducting a systematic analysis of your civil protection order process and of your jurisdiction’s incorporation of risk/lethality assessment strategies.

Consultation on Trainers/Trainings:

Communities can contact us for suggestions on trainers for particular topics or for assistance in designing trainings. BWJP staff can also help connect you with your peers around the country who are implementing similar projects in their jurisdictions.

Problem-solving:

BWJP staff are available to assist with assessing and resolving issues that arise during the implementation of a CCR project, or can direct you to other national experts with the expertise to address your needs.

Policy Analysis:

Staff develop articles on emerging civil and criminal justice issues, which are available on the website.

Project Development:

If your community is interested in applying for OVW funding, BWJP staff are available for consultation about project ideas which are appropriate for the Improving Criminal Justice Responses program. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, Grant Programs webpage.