Justice Department Awards Over $1 Million to State of Maine to Address Violence Against Women

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PORTLAND, Maine: The Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded over $1 million to the Maine Department of Public Safety to combat violent crimes against women, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.

Nationwide, OVW is making 56 awards totaling $153.1 million through the Fiscal Year 2021 STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program.

The STOP Formula Grant Program encourages partnerships between law enforcement, prosecution, 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.  For more information about the STOP Formula Grant Program, please visit this fact sheet.

OVW provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition to overseeing federal grant programs, OVW undertakes initiatives in response to special needs identified by communities facing acute challenges. Learn more at www.justice.gov/ovw.

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