$500K to See How Oil Industry Impacts Domestic Violence, Rape in Dakotas, Montana

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(CNSNews.com) – The National Institute of Justice is planning to spend $500,000 in federal funds to see if the booming oil industry has impacted domestic violence, dating violence, rape, and stalking in North Dakota and South Dakota and Montana.

“Qualitative and quantitative methods should be used to better understand whether the influx of oil workers in these communities is having any impact on victims of, or contributing to an increase in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” the grant solicitation said.

“Qualitative efforts should target community members, criminal justice agencies and staff, and victim service providers. Quantitative methods should include the examination of available criminal justice data, both prior to and after the introduction of the oil camps,” the grant added.

According to the grant, examples of the types of data gathered could include:

• Current State and local laws related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

• Changes in registered sexual offenders.

• Administrative crime and victimization data with respect to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including information on migrant or immigrant victims.

• 911 and other calls for emergency services related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

• Emergency room visits related to victimization/intentional injury as a result of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

• Law enforcement and prosecutor caseload (local, tribal, Federal, private security) with respect to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

• Victim services hotline calls related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

• Victim services caseload and services delivered to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

• Other indicators of any impact on victims of or increase in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as appropriate.

The grant, which is not expected to exceed $500,000, was announced on June 6, and the last date for applications is Aug. 5. The proposed project period start date should be on or after January 1, 2014.The initial project period for an award should not exceed three years, the grant said.

CNSNews.com contacted NIJ for comment, but phone calls were not returned by press time.