Tribal Governments Program [Department of Justice] Law and Legal Definition

The Tribal Governments Program refer to the U.S. Department of Justice Indian Tribal Governments Grant Program created under the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) to enhance the ability of tribes to respond to violent crimes against Indian women, enhance victim safety, and develop education and prevention strategies.

The program aims to:

a. develop and enhance effective plans for tribal governments to respond to violence committed against Indian women;

b. strengthen the tribal criminal justice system;

c. improve services available to help Indian women who are victims of violence;

d. create community education and prevention campaigns;

e. address the needs of children who witness domestic violence;

f. provide supervised visitation and safe exchange programs;

g. provide transitional housing assistance; and

h. provide legal advice and representation to survivors of violence who need assistance with legal issues caused by the abuse or the violence they suffered.