Violence Against Women


The Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (CFDA #16.588) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1995. (See 34 U.S.C. §§ 10103(c)(19).) The STOP Formula Grant Program enhances the capacity of local communities, including American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, in their efforts to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violence crimes against women. STOP funds are provided to law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, state and local courts, and other discretionary agencies. Priority is given to programs providing assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.


The Sexual Assault Services Formula Program (SAS Formula Program) (CFDA #16.017), is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Created in 1995, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) administers this formula grant program authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). (See 34 U.S.C. § 12511.) , The SAS Formula Program directs grant dollars to states and territories to assist them in supporting rape crisis centers and other non-profit, nongovernmental organizations or tribal programs that provide direct intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault and their families, without regard to age. In the case of a governmental entity, the entity may not be part of the criminal justice system (such as a law enforcement agency) and must be able to offer a comparable level of confidentiality as a nonprofit entity that provides similar victim services. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(25).

For more information contact:

Autumn Blache; Phone: (225) 342-1955 Email:

Rutha Chatwood; Phone: (225) 342-1625 Email:


Annual Reports from VAWAMEI