JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS DELAWARE $819,000 TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Contact: U.S. Justice Department Violence Against
Women Office, 202-307-0703
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Attorney General Ashcroft
announced today that the Justice Department is awarding
$819,000 to Delaware to prevent and respond to violence against
women, as part of this year's STOP (Services, Training, Officers
and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program.
This program is funded under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
"No American should feel outside the protection of the law, or
beyond the reach of the law. The STOP program supports communities
that champion victims' rights and develops coordinated responses to
violence against women" said Attorney General Ashcroft. "The funds
will give law enforcement and victim services the resources they
need to do a better job of investigating, prosecuting and
preventing crimes against women. We must continue to provide our
communities with the resources to hold offenders accountable and to
meet the needs of victims."
STOP funds are used to promote partnerships among law
enforcement, prosecution, the courts and victim advocates to ensure
victim safety and accountability for offenders.
The Justice Department has awarded Delaware over $4.3 million in
STOP funds since 1995, for total funding exceeding $6.4 million
under the VAWA grant programs since the enactment of the VAWA
legislation in 1994. In the President's FY 2002 budget request,
the Justice Department seeks $390 million in overall VAWA funding,
a $102.52 million increase over FY 2001.
Through this funding, states and communities are urged to
restructure and strengthen the criminal justice system response to
domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, utilizing the
expertise of all participants working in the system, including
The State of Delaware has used STOP funds to address the gaps
identified within the state that are impediments to victims of
domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking in either
accessing the criminal justice system or receiving services
available to them.
Current project priorities include:
-- Supporting two prosecutors and the implementation of vertical
prosecution in domestic violence and sexual assault cases;
-- Providing statewide training for law enforcement personnel on
advanced issues relating to domestic violence;
-- Creating domestic violence victim advocate/specialist
positions in several municipal law enforcement agencies, and
-- Funding for staff and services in several victim services
organizations around the state.
The State of Delaware has also used STOP funds to enhance domestic
violence victim services to Latino women in rural Delaware and to
support a program to enhance services to elderly victims of
domestic violence and sexual assault. The State plans to continue
its support of local and statewide initiatives to effectively
strengthen the criminal justice system and enhance its response to
victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The STOP Program is authorized under the Violence Against Women
Acts of 1994 and 2000. The STOP grants are awarded by the Office
of Justice Programs' (OJP) Violence Against Women Office (VAWO) to
designated state agencies, which must award 25 percent of the funds
they receive to law enforcement, 25 percent to prosecution, 30
percent to victim services, 5 percent to courts and 15 percent at
the state's discretion for other STOP program purposes.
For information about the Delaware STOP grant contact Maureen
Querey, with the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, at 302
577-5025. Information about the STOP program and other initiatives
involving violence against women issues is available on VAWO's
Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/vawo or QJP's Website at
www.ojp.usdoj.gov, or by calling the National Criminal Justice
Reference Service toll-free at 800/851-3420.