U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Southern West Virginia issued the following announcement on Aug. 27.
United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that the Office on Violence Against Women has awarded $1,255,509 in grant funds to the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS).
The STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP Formula Grant Program) was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 and reauthorized by subsequent legislation. The STOP Formula Grant Program encourages partnerships between law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim services organizations to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The goal of the grant program is to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, and court strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services, including community-based, culturally-specific services, in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
“I’ve traveled throughout my District to personally meet with our STOP teams and convey my office’s commitment to prosecute cases of violence against women” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “The awarded grant funds are critical federal dollars that will support and enhance the important work of our STOP teams statewide.”
The West Virginia DJCS acts as the State Administering Agency (SAA) for this grant program.
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