Your Monthly Underserved Grant Resource Email is here!

January 2019
This product of the ALSO Underserved TA Project is designed for Underserved grantees to provide them with regular and concise information including resources, training opportunities, open solicitations and more.

You can always find more resources on the TA Tools and Resources page on ALSO's website or the Online Private Portal for OVW Underserved Grantees.

Happy Resource & Opportunity Finding!
Your Underserved TA Team
Image Description: The staff of ALSO in office all wearing blue for #WearBlueDay
Awareness Campaigns
January 11, 2018 is the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign’s "Wear Blue Day" , a day where we can all pledge our solidarity with victims of human trafficking and raise awareness about, and work to end, this heinous crime. The image above is the ALSO staff participating in support.

January 2019 marks the fifteenth annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) , an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. It is critical to raise the issue of stalking as its own form of gender-based violence as well as a crime that frequently predicts and co-occurs with physical and sexual violence. Visit here for resources to help you plan events and outreach.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Looking ahead, here are some resources to help you prepare.
Upcoming ALSO-hosted Webinar
On February 13 at 1:00 pm CT, ALSO will host our next webinar, Intake Best Practices - A Follow Up to 2018 Institute with presenter Lisa Glimore.

During this webinar, Underserved Grantees will learn about strategies and best practices for conducting intakes, as well as have an opportunity to practice sensitively asking personal information of survivors seeking services, using trauma-specific approaches. This is a follow up to a session at the 2018 Underserved Fall Institute in Chicago, IL, but participants are not required to have attended the Institute to attend the webinar.  This webinar will be closed captioned in English and Spanish.

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ALSO-hosted 2019 Underserved Summer Institute*

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) will host the:

2019 Underserved Summer Institute
Atlanta, GA

July 16-18, 2019

Keep an eye out for registration in the coming weeks!

* Pending OVW Approval
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OVW Corner
Info from your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller:

Grant Reports are due January 30! Don’t forget to submit your Semi-Annual Progress Reports and Quarterly Financial Status Reports on time.
Webinar Completion Checklist due January 31! All 2018 grantees are required to complete a series of 6 webinars by January 31, 2019. Grantees must submit the completed form in GMS by attaching it to a Program Office Grant Adjustment Notice.
Semi-Annual Progress Reporting (Muskie)
The VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, provides training and technical assistance on the semi-annual progress reporting forms used by OVW grantees.

You can find resources on submitting these reports, due January 30, on ALSO's Underserved Tools and Resources Page , under the OVW Grant Administration Resources & Webinars tab.

A tip: Grantees should NOT use the form from the Muskie website to upload into GMS once it is open – they MUST download the form from GMS for the submission process to work. The copy on the Muskie website is for reference only.

If you have questions in submitting your grant progress report, please contact your ALSO Underserved TA team at , the VAWA MEI project at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, or your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller at .
Non-Underserved Sponsored Webinars*
Adult Survivors as Movement Leaders: Lessons Learned from the Just Beginnings Collaborative
Host: PreventConnect
Date: January 23, 2019
Time: 11:00am PT, 12:00pm MT, 1:00pm CT, 2:00pm ET
Adult survivors of child sexual abuse can be our greatest leaders to find solutions for ending child sexual abuse. Those most impacted are survivors whose sexual orientations, racial/cultural and gender identities have been historically and contemporarily excluded from efforts to end sexual violence. These survivors are leading prevention innovations through storytelling to break shame and stigma, and to interrupt, end and prevent child sexual abuse through viable alternatives to the criminal justice system. Join PreventConnect in this web conference as we learn what it looks like to move toward a culture of healing and survivor-centered accountability by centering survivor leadership.

What Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations Can do to Address Human Trafficking
Host: Futures Without Violence
Date: January 31, 2019
Time: 11:00am PT, 12:00pm MT, 1:00pm CT, 2:00pm ET
Many victims/survivors of human trafficking have also been sexually assaulted or battered by an intimate partner. Domestic violence and sexual assault service providers provide assistance to survivors of human trafficking as well, sometimes unknowingly and without adequate training to address the unique needs of human trafficking survivors. Presenters will highlight ten things that domestic violence and sexual assault service organizations can do to better support survivors of human trafficking, and will share tools and resources to assist OVW grantees in enhancing their assistance to human trafficking survivors.  

Addressing Trauma in the Lives of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Host: Vera Center on Victimization and Safety
Date: February 12, 2019 
Time: 11:00am PT, 12:00pm MT, 1:00pm CT, 2:00pm ET
Trauma can have a lasting effect on a person's mental, emotional, and even physical states. When a person has an intellectual or developmental disability, the impact of trauma can be even more pronounced and unique methods for addressing the trauma are necessary. This webinar will explore the complicated manifestation of trauma in individuals with I/DD who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence, as well as techniques for supporting survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities experiencing trauma to facilitate the healing process.

* To use OVW grant funds for any training & technical assistance opportunities, you must send an email to your OVW Program Manager, Kara Moller, at  to request approval. ALSO Underserved TA Project webinars and in-person trainings (including New Grantee Orientation) do not need prior approval.
Image Description: ALSO's Underserved TA team posing in hallway at Grantee Orientation.
From L-R: Quenette Walton, Lori Crowder, Lisa Gilmore, Cristina Damiani, Zarena LeBlanc, Topher Williamson 
Have Questions?
We are here to help!

For questions about grant administration:
Contact your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller at .

For technical assistance support related to substantive and programmatic issues:
Contact your ALSO Underserved TA team at

Remember to check out the TA Tools and Resources page on ALSO's website. Please also register for the Private Portal for access to resources only to Underserved Grantees. Contact Topher Williamson at for assistance navigating these resources.
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This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K034 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice.