SFY 2024 Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

The Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program (SASP) was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 Technical Amendments, and is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. SASP is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Funding through SASP supports rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations or tribal programs that provide core services, direct intervention, and related assistance to victims of sexual assault.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is the State Administering Agency for SASP. DCJS, in partnership with other stakeholders, seeks to consider the array of needs of all sexual assault victims and available services in the state when developing implementation strategies. As a result, and in accordance with grant requirements, Virginia’s SASP Grant Program emphasizes the maintenance, expansion, and establishment of sexual assault services, including direct intervention, core services, and related assistance to adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault. Additionally, funds provided through SASP are designed to supplement other funding sources directed at addressing sexual assault.

The purpose of SASP is to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other nongovernmental or tribal programs and projects to assist individuals who have been victimized by sexual assault, without regard to the age of the individual. 34 U.S.C. §12511(b)(2)(B). Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. §12511(a)(1), funds under this program must be used to provide intervention and related assistance to:

  1. Adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault;
  2. Family and household members of such victims; and
  3. Those collaterally affected by the victimization (e.g., friends, coworkers, classmates), except for the perpetrator of such victimization.

SASP Training (passcode: utA3!=X1)

SASP training PowerPoint Slides (PDF)