The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law by President Clinton
in 1994, has resulted in innovative legislation that combines tough penalties
for offenders and assistance to women who have been victims of violent
crime. This comprehensive approach to domestic violence, sexual assault,
and stalking provides a substantial commitment of federal resources for
police, prosecution, prevention, and victim services to communities throughout
the country. The primary funding source under VAWA is the S.T.O.P. Violence
Against Women formula grant program administered by the Violence Against
Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
S.T.O.P. stands for Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors; the
necessary elements to effect change within the criminal justice system.
The goal of the STOP program is to encourage States to develop a partnership
between the courts, victim advocates, service providers, prosecution and
law enforcement for the purpose of reducing violent crimes against women
and enhancing victim services.
Additional information about the STOP Grant can be found at www.ovw.usdoj.gov