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CE13-1306: National Technical Assistance Resource Center for the Prevention of Sexual Violence

Initial Fiscal Year: 2013
Program: DVP
FOA Number: CE13-1306 FOA Title: National Technical Assistance Resource Center for the Prevention of Sexual Violence

Purpose and Description  

According to the National Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), approximately 42 million women, and 32 million men, have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. The NISVS also states that over a lifetime, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have experienced rape (

In 2013, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), originally passed in 1994 to address sexual violence (SV). This legislation established the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) program, which funds state health departments to build primary prevention capacity. The VAWA Act also designated a National Resource Center for Sexual Assault (Resource Center) to provide resource information, policy, training, and technical assistance to state, local, and Indian tribal agencies; including state sexual assault coalitions and local sexual assault programs.

The purposed of this funding announcement is for a resource center to provide national leadership, consultation, and technical assistance to the sexual violence prevention field and CDC’s RPE cooperative agreement program awardees.

The primary outcomes of interest are 1) increased ability of RPE program awardees to provide TA to local programs in order to implement and evaluate evidence-based and promising practices ; 2) increased awareness of promising prevention practices in SV prevention field; 3) increased use of accurate SV information and appropriate messaging in media, in support of social norms change; and 4) increased national leadership role of the resource center in the SV field.

Strategies to be used to reach outcomes include:

  • develop and disseminate tools and  resources, including research translation materials, to help SV practitioners identify and implement prevention programs and strategies using the best available evidence;
  • identify and promote promising/emerging practices and strategies in SV primary prevention
  • provide pro-active technical assistance to  state-level public health SV prevention staff and state-level SV coalitions, to support coordination, implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of SV prevention efforts;
  • work with state-level public health SV prevention staff and state-level SV coalitions to enhance their capacity to support local SV prevention programs
  • engage SV practitioners to work with the media sector as a leverage point to change social norms by addressing the way the media thinks about and addresses SV, and
  • provide national leadership to the SV prevention community to improve practice and programs. 

Eligibility is limited to state sexual violence coalitions. This is a five year cooperative agreement.

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