The STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program was authorized under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) and reauthorized and amended by the VAWA of 2000, 2005, and 2013.  Activities supported by the STOP program are determined by statute, federal regulations and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) policies.   Grants are awarded to states to develop and strengthen the criminal justice system’s response to violence against women and to support and enhance services for victims.  

The MDSVPTB awards the STOP funds to private, non-profit victim service DV and/or SA Comprehensive Service Grantees to provide domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking victims/survivors with criminal justice and PPO advocacy/court accompaniment, crisis intervention, hospital response, forensic nurse examiner program, victim witness notification/outreach, shelter services, supportive counseling, and other supportive services identified as needed by the STOP eligible clients.  These funds are intended for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking victims/survivors ages 11 and up.