Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) FFY15
CSFA Number: 546-00-1401
Agency Name
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (546)
Agency Contact
Shataun Hailey
(312) 814-8100
Shataun.Hailey@Illinois.gov
Short Description
Congress first passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994 and reauthorized the Act in 2000. With a reauthorization in 2005, Congress began a new initiative of the S.T.O.P. (Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors) VAWA program by authorizing grants to states for programs that would improve the response of the criminal justice system to female victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The program’s objectives include:
•Providing services to women who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
•Developing, implementing, and evaluating a plan for training police, prosecutors, judges, circuit clerks, probation officers, and service providers to promote an interdisciplinary approach to sexual assault and domestic violence.
•Implementing measures that document and assess the response of criminal justice agencies in Illinois to sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Act specifies that states must allocate 25 percent of the funds to law enforcement, 25 percent to prosecution, 30 percent to service providers, and 5 percent to the courts. The remaining 15 percent can be allocated at the state’s discretion. VAWA was reauthorized in 2013.
Subject Area
Public Safety
Program Function
Law, Justice, and Legal Services
Enabling Legislation
Violence Against Women Act of 1994
Objectives and Goals
The emphasis of the STOP Program continues to be on the implementation of comprehensive strategies addressing violence against women that are sensitive to the needs and safety of victims and hold offenders accountable for their crimes. States and Territories should seek to carry out these strategies by forging lasting partnerships between the criminal justice system and victim advocacy organizations and by encouraging communities to look beyond traditional resources. States and Territories should also look to new partners to respond more vigorously to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking crimes, such as faith-based and community organizations.

In shaping their strategies for Federal Fiscal Year 2010, States and Territories are encouraged to develop and support projects that:

? Support core services for victims of sexual and domestic violence, particularly support for rape crisis centers and shelters;

? Expand the options available to battered women by increasing and expanding the utilization of civil legal services, particularly for battered women who are in danger of losing custody to perpetrators of sexual and domestic violence;
Provide comprehensive culturally specific services beyond bilingual advocacy; ?
Provide basic and advanced training to Tribal law enforcement and Tribal courts; ?
Provide basic and advanced training to target elder abuse violence against women
programs;
Provide basic and advanced training and services that address the intersection of domestic violence and prisoner re-entry, providing advocacy services to battered women convicted of crimes, victims of prison rape, and women whose batterers are returning from prison.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
STOP Program grants are intended for use by States and Territories; State, local, and Tribal courts (including juvenile courts); Indian Tribal governments; units of local government; and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services programs, including those of faith-based and community organizations. Grants and subgrants supported through this Program must meet one or more of the following statutory purpose areas2:

? training law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors to more effectively identify and respond to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence;

? developing, training, or expanding units of law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors specifically targeting violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence;

? developing and implementing more effective police, court, and prosecution policies, protocols, orders, and services specifically devoted to preventing, identifying, and responding to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence;

? developing, installing, or expanding data collection and communication systems, including computerized systems, linking police, prosecutors, and courts or for the purpose of identifying and tracking arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions, and convictions for violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence;

? developing, enlarging, or strengthening victim services programs, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence programs, developing or improving delivery of victim services to underserved populations, providing specialized domestic violence court advocates in courts where a significant number of protection orders are granted, and increasing reporting and reducing attrition rates for cases involving violent crimes against women, including crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence;

? developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs addressing stalking;

? developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs addressing the needs and circumstances of Indian tribes in dealing with violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence;

? supporting formal and informal Statewide, multidisciplinary efforts, to the extent not supported by State funds, to coordinate the response of State law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, victim services agencies, and other State agencies and departments, to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence;

? training of sexual assault forensic medical personnel examiners in the collection and preservation of evidence, analysis, prevention, and providing expert testimony and treatment of trauma related to sexual assault;

? developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs to assist law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and others to address the needs and circumstances of older and disabled women who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, including recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of such violence or assault and targeting outreach and support, counseling, and other victim services to such older and disabled individuals;

? providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in immigration matters;
? maintaining core victim services and criminal justice initiatives, while supporting complementary new initiatives and emergency services for victims and their families;

? supporting the placement of special victim assistants (to be known as “Jessica Gonzales Victim Assistants”) in local law enforcement agencies to serve as liaisons between victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and personnel in local law enforcement agencies in order to improve the enforcement of protection orders. Jessica Gonzales Victim Assistants shall have expertise in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and may undertake the following activities—

•Developing, in collaboration with prosecutors, courts, and victim service providers, standardized response policies for local law enforcement agencies, including triage protocols to ensure that dangerous or potentially lethal cases are identified and prioritized;
•Notifying persons seeking enforcement of protection orders as to what responses will be provided by the relevant law enforcement agency;
•Referring persons seeking enforcement of protection orders to supplementary services (such as emergency shelter programs, hotlines, or legal assistance services); and
•Taking other appropriate action to assist or secure the safety of the person seeking enforcement of a protection order.
Providing funding to law enforcement agencies, nonprofit nongovernmental victim services providers, and State, Tribal, Territorial, and local governments, (which funding stream shall be known as the Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Protocol Program) to promote—
•The development and implementation of training for local victim domestic violence service providers, and to fund victim services personnel, to be known as
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“Crystal Judson Victim Advocates,” to provide supportive services and advocacy for victims of domestic violence committed by law enforcement personnel;
•The implementation of protocols within law enforcement agencies to ensure consistent and effective responses to the commission of domestic violence by personnel within such agencies (such as the model policy promulgated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (“Domestic Violence by Police Officers: A Policy of the IACP, Police Response to Violence Against Women Project” July 2003);
•The development of such protocols in collaboration with State, Tribal, Territorial and local victim services providers and domestic violence coalitions.
Eligibility Requirements
States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Assistance Consideration
There is a 25% match requirements imposed on grant funds under this program. A grant made under this program may not cover more than 75 percent of the total costs of the project being funded. The applicant must identify the source of the 25 percent non-Federal portion of the budget and how match funds will be used. Applicants may satisfy the required match with either cash or in-kind services.
Post Assistance Requirements
Fiscal and data reports will be required on a monthly and/or quarterly basis.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs#svaw
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
615083 - SHHCounty of Peoria01/01/202012/31/2020125,048
615292 - SHHSt. Clair County Illinois01/01/202012/31/202053,191