The Office on Violence Against Women is a grant-making agency in the U.S. Department of Justice. Under §903 of Title IX of the United States Department of Justice Reauthorization and Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), OVW is responsible for conducting annual government-to-government consultations with the leaders of all Federally recognized Indian tribal governments on behalf of the United States Attorney General.

The purpose of each consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal government leaders on the following topics:

  • Administering tribal funds and programs;
  • Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, homicide, stalking, and sex trafficking;
  • Strengthening the federal response to such crimes; and,
  • Improving access to local, regional, state, and federal crime information databases and criminal justice information systems.

Learn more by visiting the OVW's Official Website at www.justice.gov/ovw.


The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  OVW administers grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking and stalking. The Tribal Affairs Division (TAD) within OVW is responsible for the administration of Tribal specific grant programs and initiatives, management of Tribal specific training and technical assistance, and coordination with other federal departments and DOJ offices on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking in tribal communities. 

2023 OVW Consultation Photo


November 19-21, 2024
Santa Fe, NM