Tribal Jurisdiction

Program Overview


Tribal Jurisdiction

Through OVW’s Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdictions Program (Tribal Jurisdiction Program), tribes receive support and technical assistance for planning, developing, and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ), which was authorized by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

SDVCJ is an historic provision that recognizes the authority of participating tribes to exercise “special criminal jurisdiction” over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit crimes of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian Country.

The Tribal Jurisdiction Program is one of several OVW programs, and like all OVW programs, it supports a multifaceted approach to responding to violence against women. The Tribal Jurisdiction Program forges partnerships between leaders at all levels of government and professionals in law enforcement, victim advocacy, health care, and other organizations who work to ensure safety and health.

Progress Reporting Update

July – December 2021 Period

The deadline for the July – December 2021 performance report is January 30, 2022.