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Nebraska Crime Commission

Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice


STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program

The STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grant funds are awarded to states and territories to create and enhance comprehensive, positive changes in the criminal justice system’s response to the violent crimes of domestic and intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Per the Violence Against Women Act, reauthorized in 2013, each state must allocate 25% of funding for law enforcement efforts, 25% for prosecutors, 30% for victim services (of which at least 10% must be distributed to culturally specific efforts), 5% to state and local courts, and 15% for discretionary distribution among the designated categories. In addition, 20% of the overall funding must go to meaningful sexual assault services and a maximum of 5% is allowed for prevention and education efforts. These funds are also subject to the Prison Rape Elimination Act and supporting efforts towards states’ full compliance. The Nebraska Crime Commission (NCC) as the State Administrating Agency (SAA) for these funds distributes support statewide through a competitive grant process. These grants are utilized to promote and coordinate community and statewide responses among and across the criminal justice system and victim advocacy organizations including medical services, mental health providers and other entities responding to the needs of victims of domestic and intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking. For victims, these partnerships ensure that communities are leveraging resources in ways that effectively support the multitude of issues associated with violent crimes against women.