The STOP (Services • Training • Officers • Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Grant supports prosecution and law enforcement strategies that combat violent crimes against women, and aids in the development and/or strengthening of victim services. Authorized through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and administered on the federal level by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, STOP provides funding that fosters partnerships with law enforcement, prosecutors, victim serving organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments.
GOYFF aids in the administration of dollars described above though a competitive grant application process. In Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), GOYFF was awarded approximately $3 million to support programs throughout the state. The grant invests in programs to support Victim Services, Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART), Trainings and Special Projects that focus on increasing victim safety and offender accountability. By statute, the awards are disbursed as follows: 25% for law enforcement, 25% for prosecution, 30% victim services (10% has to be distributed to culturally specific community-based organizations), 5% to state and local courts, and 15% for discretionary distribution. There is a 25% match, non-federal match-cash or in-kind.
To support the mission of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, GOYFF administers STOP to the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR) at Arizona State University (ASU) to fund research and awareness training presentations. In 2019, STIR assisted the Council and GOYFF in hosting four Train the Trainers that increased the number of stakeholders equipped to train community members on the issue of human trafficking in Sierra Vista, Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. In 2020, STIR is partnering with the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network (ACFAN) to incorporate the Enhanced Collaborative Model, including the development and support of a multidisciplinary approach to address sex trafficking in all 15 counties in Arizona. STIR has begun to conduct a state-wide look at existing sex trafficking victim service providers to identify gaps and service area deserts, establishing the agencies within Arizona that are providing services or are capable of providing services to victims of sex trafficking. This will assist in decision making for future investments in training, resources, and partnerships.
If you have questions about this funding or would like to be connected to grantees who are currently providing victim services in your community, please email your name, contact information, location, and request to Sonya Pierce-Johnson, Program Administrator.
- Against Abuse, Inc.
- Alice’s Place, Inc. Arizona
- Amberly’s Place
- Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
- Arizona Department of Public Safety
- Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council
- Arizona South Asians for Safe Families
- Arizona State University - Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR)
- Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter
- Community Alliance Against Family Abuse
- Mariposa Community Health Center
- Navajo County Attorney's Office
- New Life Center
- Northern Arizona University
- North Country Healthcare
- Pascua Yaqui Tribe
- Prescott Police Department
- Prescott Valley Police Department
- Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
- Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community
- Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
- Verde Valley Sanctuary, Inc