Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced over $1.7 million to help Nevada reduce violence against women. Awarded to the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, the grant funding was provided by the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program to facilitate coordination between law enforcement, courts and victims services organizations to combat violent crimes against women.
“Since my time as Attorney General, protecting women from violence and strengthening survivors’ rights have been my top priorities. This grant will increase our ability to hold perpetrators accountable and create a path for victims of violence to seek justice. Sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence have no place in Nevada or the nation, and I’ll continue working to ensure law enforcement and service organizations have all the resources they need to fight this epidemic.”
The STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP Formula Grant Program) was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 and reauthorized by subsequent legislation. The STOP Formula Grant Program encourages partnerships between law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and victim services organizations to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The goal of the grant program is to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution and court strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services, including community-based, culturally-specific services, in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
In this grants package, the Office of the Nevada Attorney General was awarded $1,701,471.