The Roth Award

For Underserved Populations

The Roth Award, the fifth Celebrating Solutions Award, is dedicated specifically for programs that address the needs of underserved populations. These programs provide services to those who are identified as such based on characteristics that include age, race, ethnicity, gender, faith, disabilities, low socio-economic status, non-English speaking, sexual preference, and surprisingly, victims from economically-comfortable suburban areas who traditionally do not know how to avail themselves of services or who are too ashamed to find them. In general, there is a lack of resources for these specific populations, or the individuals have difficulty accessing available resources.

One award will be presented annually, in addition to the other four Celebrating Solutions Awards. Institutions that have applied in previous years are welcome to do so again. Eligible programs may be nominated for both the Celebrating Solutions and the Roth Awards, but would only receive one $10,000 grant.

The application period for the 2018 Roth Award has closed. 
(If you'd like the view the 2018 application for reference, please click here.) 

Please check back for the 2019 application. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The program’s primary focus must address the issue of intimate partner violence.

  • The nominated program, the agency or organization, and the core components of the program being nominated must have been operating for a minimum of three (3) years (established no later than September 2009 for the 12-13 award year.) The program must be in existence when the nomination is made.

  • The program must be part of a non-profit 501(c) (3) or government agency.

  • The program should be replicable, or if it is national in scope, the program should have applications for individual communities, regardless of their size or ethnic population.

Awards Process:

There are two stages to the awards process. Stage one requires submission of a nomination form, release, and program outline. If your nomination advances to the second stage, you will be asked to provide additional information and letters of support.  Do not send brochures, videos, annual reports, or any support materials for the first round of judging, as they will be discarded.

Nominations are judged by a panel of experts in criminal  justice, health care, and public policy. These individuals remain anonymous so their ability to judge the nominations will not be influenced by a relationship with a nominated organization.

Not Eligible:

  • Past Roth Award winners.

  • Organizations other than non-profit or governmental.

  • Organizations operating outside the United States or a U.S. territory.

  • Individuals.

  • Basic research.


2017 Winner

Domestic Violence Action Center, Ho’oikaika ‘Ohana (HO’O, Strengthen the Family) Program

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HO’O, Strengthen the Family, is a trauma-informed, culturally relevant, intergenerational intervention for Native Hawaiian families who have suffered the harm of IPV.

2016 Winner

Casa Central Social Services Corporation: Safe Start 

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The Safe Start program provides accessible, culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate therapeutic services for children (from birth to age 5) and families, including caregivers and older siblings, who have been exposed to domestic violence or are at high risk of such exposure. Families served are typically low-income, single mother households and largely indicate Spanish as their primary language. Safe Start utilizes Child-Parent Psychotherapy, a relationship-based treatment model to help break the often intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence. Families receive long-term support, with the average length of stay being 9 to 12 months, which includes weekly therapy sessions, case management, and crisis intervention. The program also increases the awareness about the impact of exposure to violence on young children through the provision of trainings to parents, community members and professionals.

2015 Winner

New York Legal Assistance Group: Project Eden  

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NYLAG's Project Eden provides free legal services to Orthodox Jewish victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn, NY, enabling them to break the cycle of abuse while remaining true to their religious beliefs.  The overall goals of Project Eden are to raise awareness of domestic violence in the Orthodox community, to create an environment in which available resources for victims are both accessible and utilized, and to build a safe space for victims that considers their unique religious convictions and uses culturally competent attorneys and paralegals to provide services tailored to their community. 

2014 Winner

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati  

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Project CARE (Community, Accessibility, Responsiveness, Education) unites disability and domestic violence victim service providers to develop and implement a community coordinated response model to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking against women with disabilities.  CARE is driven by the vision that people with disabilities who are victims of violence are empowered to access services that are welcoming, comprehensive and pose no barriers.  CARE's mission is to transform services into a seamless system that fully meets the needs of people with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.  Project CARE accomplishes it mission strictly through the framework of collaboration.

2013 Winner

Migrant Clinicians Network, Inc.: Hombres Unidos Contra la Violencia Familiar  

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Hombres Unidos Contra la Violencia Familiar, (Men United Against Family Violence), engages Latino migrant men in group dialogue, facilitated by their peers, to learn about sexual and intimate partner violence together.  Using a peer educational approach, participants take ownership of the issue themselves, gain the skills and vocabulary to encourage others to develop healthy relationships, and become advocates against intimate partner violence.

MCN trains already trusted health outreach workers known in their community,   to recruit Latino migrant men with the understanding that all men must contribute to ending violence in the home.  They recruit by going door-to-door in migrant housing areas and by incorporating the program into their normal health outreach.

In a letter of support for their application, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation stated, “(Migrant Clinicians Network) work with vulnerable men with a low socio-economic status, many of whom are non-English speaking, to become advocates against violence.  Hombres Unidos is filling a gap by addressing an important issue and one that is lacking resources…”

2012 Winner 

Project S.A.R.A.H.   

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Project S.A.R.A.H. is an organization located in Clifton, New Jersey that provides domestic violence services for the Jewish community of New Jersey, in particular the Orthodox Jewish community. Among other things, Project S.A.R.A.H. hires speakers of key languages (Hebrew and Yiddish) to communicate with non-English-speaking members of the Jewish community. The organization also offers training for rabbis of all denominations and their spouses, child protective services workers, physicians, law enforcement officers, domestic violence response teams and shelter workers.

“We couldn’t have found a more deserving organization for our first Roth Award than Project S.A.R.A.H.,” said Mary Byron Project Executive Director, Marcia Roth. “The work they do makes a true difference in the lives of hundreds of people.”