The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
We have two community-based teams that include law enforcement, victim advocates, and legal services providers. All services are free. Victims can access all services in either location and receive services dependent on their specific needs. The victim advocate is the bridge between law enforcement, support services, legal services, and provides support and assistance throughout the process regardless of whether a criminal case is pursued. Victims receive services such as referrals to counseling, court accompaniment, relief through immigration legal assistance, legal assistance with restraining orders, relocation, and more. Bringing all of these providers together creates a seamless system of care for victims. This program empowers victims to exercise their right to protection through community-based support series, including the justice system. Law enforcement and the partner agencies are key elements in holding perpetrators accountable and ensuring the safety of the victim.
Partnering agencies include Start Off Smart, Homestead Police Department and the City of Homestead, MUJER, Legal Aid, and VIDA.