• VAWA 2013’s SDVCJ Five Year Report

    In the five years following the passage of VAWA 2013, 18 tribes began exercising Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction. Learn about ...

    Read Full Report Here VAWA 2013’s SDVCJ Five Year Report
  • Interested in Implementing VAWA Tribal Provisions?

    Get more information about Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction and learn whether it is right for you.

    Click here to learn more. Interested in Implementing VAWA Tribal Provisions?
  • Inter-tribal Technical Assistance Working Group (ITWG)

    The ITWG is a voluntary working group of tribal representatives who exchange views, information, and advice about how tribes may best exercise...

    Learn more about the ITWG Inter-tribal Technical Assistance Working Group (ITWG)
  • Check out the SDVCJ Resource Center

    We have recently updated our SDVCJ Resource Center! Check back regularly for additional content.

    Click here to access SDVCJ Resources. Check out the SDVCJ Resource Center

About VAWA &
Tribal Nations 

The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), included a vital reaffirmation of Tribal Nations’ inherent power to protect Native women from abuse by non-Indian partners by prosecuting those abusers in tribal court. Tribal Nations across the country are utilizing this Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ) to bring more safety and justice to their communities. This site is a resource for tribal governments and organizations working to implement these laws and protections. Get started.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-­TA-­AX-­K005, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.
Thank you to the SDVCJ Partners: DOJ Office on Violence Against Women and Tribal Law & Policy Institute.

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