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.

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FFY21 VAWA STOP Year Five Renewal Opportunity

AGF Posted:                        Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Applications Due:                Monday, November 15, 2021
Award Announcements:     On or about December 6, 2021
Anticipated Grant Period:   January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Please note that this AGF is open only to current recipients of a FFY 2020 STOP grant award who are soon to complete Year 4 of their project. This is a continuation grant, not a competitive grant opportunity.

For assistance with the requirements of the AGF, please contact Jenny Barron at or 617-725-3333.

Application materials: 

FFY21 VAWA STOP AGF - Year Five Renewal

FFY21 VAWA STOP Grant Application

FFY21 VAWA STOP Budget Worksheet

FFY21 VAWA STOP Risk Assessment Form

FFY21 VAWA STOP Signature Verification Form



VAWA Grantee Resources

This section provides documentation and forms for FY17 VAWA STOP grantees. 

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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.

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