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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) STOP Grant Program

The VAWA Services, Training, Officers Prosecutors (STOP) Formula Grant Program aims to develop and strengthen effective responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.


The VAWA STOP grant program helps to provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while improving communities’ capacity to provide justice for victims and hold offenders accountable. This is accomplished by forging state, local and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, organizations that serve culturally specific and underserved communities, and others.

The VAWA STOP grant is a vital resource that supports a variety of specialized and innovative projects throughout the Commonwealth. Some initiatives supported by these grant funds include:

  • Services specifically devoted to preventing, identifying, and responding to violent crimes against women;
  • Training opportunities for judiciary, court, and probation personnel, in addition to law enforcement and victim service providers;
  • Developing partnerships between law enforcement and victim service providers to provide compassionate outreach to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking; and
  • Supporting prosecutors working closely with victim witness advocates, probation, law enforcement, and state agencies to target high-risk cases and increase offender accountability.

Additional Resources

Violence Against Women Act Advisory Committee

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Advisory Committee is composed of a multi-disciplinary group of professionals from prosecution, law enforcement, public health, sexual assault and domestic violence service providers, judiciary and social service agencies. The Committee provides the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security with expertise, guidance and recommendations to assist in the development of a statewide implementation plan and identification of need in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.


Recipients of FFY22 VAWA STOP Grant funding are eligible to apply for continuation funding through the FFY23 VAWA STOP grant opportunity.

FFY23 Key Dates and Application Materials

Key Dates:

AGF Posted:

October 2, 2023

Applications Due:

October 31, 2023

Award Announcements:

December 2023

Application Materials:

FFY23 VAWA STOP Grant Renewal Opportunity AGF

FFY23 VAWA STOP Grant Online Application Form

FFY23 VAWA STOP Grant Budget Worksheet (Attachment A)

OGR Subrecipient Risk Assessment (Attachment B)

FFY23 VAWA STOP Grant Certification of Consultation Template (Attachment C - for court-based and prosecutor-based projects)

FFY23 VAWA STOP Grant Certification of Consultation/Memorandum of Agreement Templates (Attachment D - for law enforcement-based projects)

FFY23 VAWA STOP Grant Sample Certification Letter (Attachment E - for agencies providing legal assistance to victims)

Guidelines for Specialized Domestic Violence Civilian Advocates in Police Departments

Notice of Statutory Requirement to Comply with the Confidentiality and Privacy Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act

Contact   for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) STOP Grant Program

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