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Closed-Circuit Televising Of Child Victims Of Abuse

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Closed-Circuit Televising Of Child Victims Of Abuse


Federal Agency




Victims of Child Abuse Act, Public Law 90-351, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 3796aa, et seq.






To provide equipment and personnel training for the closed-circuit televising and videotaping of the testimony of children in criminal proceedings for the violation of laws relating to the abuse of children.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Up to 75 percent of total project grant costs may be funded through Federal assistance.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Limited competition--a state or local unit of government that has in effect a law allowing the closed-circuit televising or video taping of testimony of children in criminal proceedings relating to the abuse of children.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local criminal justice agencies; Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and personnel; public non-profit organizations, and youth benefit from this program.


Eligible states and units of local government.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372 "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her respective State for more information on the process the state requires to be followed in applying for assistance. The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Application Procedure

Applicants must follow the instructions contained in the solicitation for the Closed-Circuit Televising of Testimony of Children Who Are Victims of Abuse Grant Program and submit a fully executed application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 Seventh Street, NW. Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20531, Attention: Closed-Circuit TV Program Manager. Applicants should submit an original and two copies of the application, along with an electronic copy of the application on disk in WordPerfect or Word for Windows, to BJA for review. BJA must receive the application at least 90 days prior to the anticipated start date of a new or continuation award.

Award Procedure

BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP, award letters and award documents are sent to the grantee. One copy of the grant award must be signed by a duly authorized representative and returned to BJA.


The deadline dates vary. Contact BJA for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications must be approved no later than 60 days after first received unless the Director of BJA informs the applicant of specific reasons for disapproval.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Projects are awarded 75 percent of the total project costs. A match of 25 percent is required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grantees selected for awards will be funded for a period of 12 months.


Post Assistance Requirements


Reporting requirements for grants and projects awarded under this program are articulated in the OJP Financial Guide, as well as in the program solicitation. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the General Accounting Office, the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms.


Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), P.L. 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.


Recipients of Federal funds are expected to retain documentation supporting all program transactions for at least 3 years after the closure of audit reports related to such funding. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all related issues, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $976,000; FY 08 $940,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Approximately 10 to 15 grants ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $100,000 per grant.


Program Accomplishments

The American Bar Association (ABA) received an award of $363,731 to evaluate the CCTV projects to determine the effectiveness and impact of the funded projects in reducing the trauma to child abuse victims during criminal hearings or trials. The ABA organized a two-day evaluation conference to assist grantees in developing individual evaluation plans; provide technical assistance to grantees in developing individual evaluation plans and obtaining the data needed to assess the projects; and, on the preparation of a final report documenting the assessment, best practices, lessons learned, and recommendations to improve the CCTV Program.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Financial Guide, Office of the Comptroller, Office of Justice Programs; BJA's Program Guide and Application Kit for the Closed-Circuit Televising of Testimony of Children Who Are Victims of Abuse Grant Program.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Contact: K. Norris, Senior Policy Advisor at telephone: (202) 616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687. Or by E-mail:

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

Applicants can use grant funds to: purchase videotape and closed-circuit television equipment to remain in courthouses and/or portable equipment to be used by courthouses in other jurisdictions; provide training in videotape and closed-circuit interviewing to law enforcement, prosecutors, and related staff; prepare booklets outlining the legal requirements and procedures involved in the use and operation of videotape and closed-circuit televising; and provide training to appropriate staff in the setup and operation of the equipment.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting proposals are contained in the Program Solicitation.


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