OJJDP FY 17 Changing Minds: Professional Development and Public Education to Address Children Exposed to Violence and Childhood Trauma

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

Every year, millions of children and adolescents in the United States are victimized and exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence and encompasses abuse, neglect or maltreatment, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, school violence, and community violence. A DOJ-funded study, the second National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II),3 concluded that a majority of children in the United States have been exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities.

The consequences of this problem are significant. Children’s exposure to violence, whether as victims or witnesses, is often associated with long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Child victims of or witnesses to violence may suffer devastating consequences beyond physical harm, which may include regressive behavior, anxiety, depression, and aggression. When these problems are not addressed, children are at greater risk for school failure, substance abuse, repeat victimization, delinquency, gang involvement, and criminal behavior during adulthood. Mitigating children’s exposure to violence is central to breaking the cycle of violence. 

OJJDP has a longstanding tradition of working to protect children from being victimized and exposed to trauma-producing situations. Among other strategies, OJJDP has directed relevant training and technical assistance providers to incorporate pertinent information on children’s exposure to violence into their support and education efforts, conducted public awareness efforts, and supported curriculum development tailored for particular professions. 

OJJDP seeks to accelerate and build on past efforts, establishing cadres of professionals skilled at delivering training to their colleagues; reaching additional individuals and organizations through modalities such as web-based, continuing education certification and self-instruction training; and extending the public awareness campaign. This program is designed to broaden understanding of children’s exposure to violence by individuals, especially law enforcement professionals and educators, and improve their response to children exposed to violence.

OJJDP recognizes it is most feasible to support curriculum development tailored to the professions that work with or regularly encounter children. While OJJDP aims to ensure that the content of the various supported curricula aligns, OJJDP has learned that education and training programs are best received and most effective when developed with those professionals (e.g., law enforcement, teachers, judges) to whom they are directed. OJJDP also recognizes that localized and tailored training for those who will then commit to train others is a more flexible and cost-effective strategy than funding a limited number of trainings for groups of professionals. 

The selected applicants will therefore work collaboratively with OJJDP through cooperative agreements to continue to strengthen the ability of educators, law enforcement, and associated youth justice professionals to identify and respond to children and youth who have been exposed to violence and to enhance the extent and impact of the Changing Minds National Public Awareness Campaign on Children Exposed to Violence. Award recipients are required to coordinate approved efforts funded under this solicitation with other ongoing efforts to address children exposed to violence, as identified after award by OJJDP. 

Under this solicitation, only one application submitted under each category by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: April 19, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: May 2, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest


There are three categories of funding available under this solicitation: 

• Category 1: Master Trainings/Training of Trainers on children exposed to violence (CEV) and childhood trauma for educators and educational administrators in public school and correctional and alternative education settings based on the Changing Minds K-12 training institute. 

• Category 2: Master Trainings/Training of Trainers on CEV and childhood trauma for law enforcement based on the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence curriculum and toolkit. 

• Category 3: Changing Minds Public Awareness Campaign expansion and enhancement—phase 2.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are limited to non-profit1 and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.



Amount Description

OJJDP expects to make one award each of up to $1.75 million in Categories 1 and 2, and one award of up to $1.0 million in Category 3, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4.5 million. OJJDP expects to make all awards for 36-month periods of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

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Internal Deadline

April 19, 2017

External Deadline

May 2, 2017