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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.

Violence Against Women Act Overview

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 STOP grant 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.

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;
  • 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 for

VAWA Grantee Resources

This section provides documentation and forms for related to VAWA grant opportunities.

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 communities, judiciary and social service agencies. The Committee is charged with providing the Executive Office of Public Safety with expertise, guidance and recommendations in the development of a statewide implementation plan and identification of need in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.