Greetings SASP Administrators!
I'm excited to be supporting you in your efforts to make sure the small but mighty Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program (SASP) is working smoothly in your state to address the needs of sexual assault victims. It has been inspiring to hear about your efforts to develop and maintain excellent sexual assault services. From investing in comprehensive programs in large metropolitan areas like Detroit and Dallas to ensuring service availability across sprawling rural terrain, you are working hard and thinking outside the box. I've noticed some trends as I've talked with many of you:
- Efforts to engage underserved communities effectively;
- Competitive grant approaches that allow SASP to work deeply in a few key areas of the state;
- Shrinking state and local funding to support core services leading to SASP as core formula grant funding;
- Struggles to support rape crisis centers in maintaining basic infrastructure while ensuring funds are used for direct services;
- Strong bonds between administrators and coalitions including planning processes that involve local programs;
- Attempts to increase the capacity of dual/multi-service agencies to address sexual assault victim needs specifically;
- Challenges related to reporting requirements; and
- Attention to subgrantee monitoring and reporting systems that ensure accountability without over burdening small shoestring non-profits.
In the next year, I will be developing resources and trainings on these issues and more. I welcome your feedback and input on training and technical assistance topics. Since I am new and some of you are as well, I thought it would be useful to focus this e-newsletter on the SASP resources already available to you.
SASP FAQ A SASP FAQ is available on the RSP website. Come visit us with any of your frequently asked questions about SASP.
RSP White Papers
RSP has developed a number of white papers on sexual assault direct services topics which are available on our website. These include:
- Core Services and Characteristics of Rape Crisis Centers
- Shelter and Sexual Violence
- Program Evaluation
- Services for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Coalitions as Pass Through Entities for SASP
RSP has also developed some important publications related to dual programs as part of our Rural Initiative (limited hard copies of these publications are also available):
- Opening our doors: Developing Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual/Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies
- The Ten Essential Strengths of Sexual Violence Victim Advocates in Dual/Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies
Previous SASP Administrators E-Newsletters
Past editions of the SASP Administrators e-newsletter are also available for you to read:
- Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act
- Sexual Violence in Rural Communities
- The Cost of Sexual Violence
SASP Reporting The Muskie Violence Against Women Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (MEI) handles data and reporting for the SASP formula grant program. They provide webinars and Q&A sessions on SASP and other grant programs.
OVW The Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice administers the SASP formula grant program. The website of the Office on Violence Against Women has information on SASP grant awards and additional funding sources.Webinar: Neurobiology of Sexual Assault The DOJ National Institute of Justice Research for the Real World Series hosted a fantastic webinar in December on the Neurobiology of Sexual Assault. You can watch it here.
VAWA Passes! On February 12, 2013, the United States Senate passed S. 47, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). On February 28th, the House followed suit and also passed S. 47. On March 7th, President Obama signed S. 47 into law.
I hope you will stay in touch with me and share your successes and challenges. I'm at (515) 401-8984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terri Poore, MSW
SASP Technical Assistance Specialist
The Resource Sharing Project and this newsletter are supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K037 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.