Monday, May 5, 2014
U.S. Justice Department Introduces Two New Grants Aimed at Ending Violence Against Women in Rural Tribal Communities
About the Bakken region
The Bakken Region is located in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. The rural communities are home to the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana and three tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The area has been booming due to oil and gas production there in recent years. Along with it has also come an increase in sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking against women.
The grants are intended to help provide more protection for women from violence in Indian country. The SAUSA grant will support legal services including salary, travel and training costs to represent victims and prosecute crimes of violence against women. The Enhanced Response grant is available for both state and local organizations who provide services that prevent violence and support victims of violence.
The new grant program has budgeted $3 million over the next three years to support programs that will provide help for the increasing amount of violence against women in the regions of western North Dakota and eastern Montana.
For more information, visit www.ovw.usdoj.gov/ovwgrantprograms.htm