On July 1, 2016, a new provision of the law prohibits a person who is subject to a family abuse permanent protective order (“respondent”) from possessing a firearm. The law provides that after being served with a permanent protective order, the respondent has a 24-hour period to lawfully possess the firearm solely for purpose of transferring or selling the firearm to another person who is legally allowed to possess it. A violation of this law is a Class 6 Felony, punishable up to five years in prison, as well as the loss of certain civil rights, including the right to possess a firearm.
Victims Services Grants
The purpose of the GEAP is to conduct statewide analysis of domestic violence and sexual assault arrest and protective order enforcement policies. Training and technical assistance is also provided to law enforcement and other agencies across the state.
In 2016, the SADVGP was formed to streamline two previously separate grant programs: the DCJS Sexual Assault Grant Program (SAGP) and the VOCA Grant Program previously funded through VOCA funds awarded to the Virginia Department of Social Services.
The purpose of this grant program is to provide or enhance direct services to victims of sexual assault.
The purpose of this grant program is to support rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations that provide core services, direct intervention, and related assistance to victims of sexual assault.
These funds provide financial support to local victim/witness programs and statewide victim assistance programs designed to provide direct services, information, and assistance required by Virginia’s Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act.
In 1994, the United States Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (codifies at 42 U.S.C. 3796gg through 3796gg-5). VAWA includes the Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) grant program.
The purpose of the VSDVVF is to provide funding to assist in protecting and providing necessary services to victims of and children affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, and family abuse.
Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.