Do non-profits who submit a proposal have to be dual certified in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault or can they be focused on just one or the other? For example a DV agency only.

The applicants that best meet the criteria described in the RFP (see below) would be most likely to be selected. Ideally it would be optimal for agencies to have both DA and SA prevention experience.

Providers must:

  • Have experience providing preventative DV/SA educational programming in high schools;
  • Participate (may send up to five staff ) in their respective regional training institute;
  • Hire or assign a designated, specially trained full-time staff member to help deliver and support the violence prevention programming in the region’s selected schools;
  • Develop an ongoing role with the schools, including helping to provide classroom education, training other school staff, delivering parent programming, working with the administration on policy, and offering services for students and families dealing with violence and abuse;
  • Participate in an evaluation conducted by an outside evaluator, to gauge whether individual youth participants had changes in attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs around interpersonal violence; and
  • Be committed to viewing its agency’s involvement in the initiative as a way to help schools sustain violence prevention programming long-term, beyond the grant funding cycle.

Can you provide a larger map of the regions?

I am writing for some clarifying information regarding eligibility to apply for the Game Change Grants to Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Programs. 

The phrase “Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Programs” could refer to programs that are EITHER domestic violence OR sexual assault programs, or it could mean programs that provide BOTH domestic violence AND sexual assault services and prevention programming. Certainly in prevention work in this field, there is little distinction. 

However, there is some confusion in our field, with some of us interpreting eligibility as limited to those organizations that are considered “dual” domestic AND sexual violence service/prevention programs, and others of us thinking that both sexual assault AND domestic violence service/prevention programs may apply. 

I hope the distinction makes sense to you. I would welcome your clarification on this. Thank you.

As you read in the RFP, this grant is seeking to fund agencies that can work with local high schools in their regions to prevent violence (which could be physical and/or sexual) within relationships. Since there is little distinction in the risk factors and conditions that foster physical or sexual violence in relationships, we assume that any agency that gets the grant to do prevention work in a school setting would have the expertise in both areas.

The Duluth Model definition of domestic violence involves a range of behaviors which can include physical and sexual violence; using coercion and threats; using intimidation; using emotional abuse, using isolation; minimizing, denying and blaming; using children; using male privilege; and using economic abuse. These forms of abuse do not occur in isolation from each other, but rather occur simultaneously. 

What we are looking for in the response is for the agency to speak to its understanding of, ability to assist in, and prior experience in the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault with high school aged students and that has worked directly in a high school setting. Also, since we anticipate that students will disclose abuse, the grantee must have the ability to know how to safely refer students to services as appropriate.

As you see from the application, it is basically one narrative question that needs to be answered.

Applicant Expertise in DV/SA Prevention in School Settings: 
Provide a detailed description of the applicant’s previous or current experience addressing DV/SA prevention and intervention in high school settings, including the specific school(s), populations served, activities and services provided, use of additional resources, outcomes achieved, measures of success, lessons learned, and evidence of sustainability. As far as the distinctions agencies are drawing as to whether or not they are eligible, we would encourage any interested agency that can demonstrate its expertise to do this work to submit an application. If we need additional information from any applicant, we would follow up.

The regions created by the AGO do not correspond to counties or regions used by other state agencies or the areas served by sexual and domestic violence organizations. Will the selected organizations be able to partner with a local agency if a school is outside of the organization’s service area and/or already in relationship with their local agency?

We will review each pairing of a school with a DV/SA agency and if such issues arise we would (after consultation with the agency) be open to making adjustments as needed on a case by case basis.