Statewide Efforts

The STOP (Services Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants to States promote a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to enhancing advocacy and improving the criminal justice system's response to violent crimes against women. The program includes a 5 percent set-aside for the purpose of improving court responses to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Courts Assistance project is a collaboration between the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Conference of State Court Administrators, with funding from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The project encourages innovative use of STOP Project funds for courts.

The National Summit on State Court Responses to Domestic Violence was held in 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. State teams, representing the courts and state STOP administrators, collaborated to develop action plans to facilitate more effective use of the STOP 5 percent set-aside funds by courts. In these pages you will find:

Survey of State Activities (2015)
Findings from the latest (2015) national survey of state court administrative offices on the allocation and use of STOP funds
OVW-Training Travel Assistance Fund Information on the Travel Assistance Fund which enables court staff to access OVW-sponsored training opportunities through travel scholarships
Promising Court Projects Detailed information on promising court-based projects supported through the STOP Program (from the 2012 Survey)
Sign up for STOPforCourts listserv Access to the STOPforCourts listserv (a dedicated listserv for state court, VAWA grant and STOP Program personnel working on VAWA-related projects)


This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2014-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.