Protecting the lives, property, and constitutional rights of people in Idaho since 1919.
On September 13, 1994, President Clinton signed into law the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, containing the Violence Against Women Act (Public Law 103-322). This Law reflects a firm commitment to change the criminal justice system's response to violent that occurs when any woman is threatened or assaulted by someone with whom she has or has had an intimate relationship, which whom she was previously acquainted, or who is a stranger. Included in the act are programs authorizing federal financial assistance to states to develop and strengthen affective law enforcement and prosecution strategies and victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women including domestic violence and sexual assault (Federal Register, April 18, 1995).
2014 STOP RFP
Important changes to the STOP program:
1. 20% Sexual Assault set –aside: 20% of funds will go to programs that significantly target Sexual Assault. These funds are released through a separate RFP, however; applications not funded could be funded with the remaining competetive STOP funds. Sexual Assault funds will go to programs or projects in two or more federal allocation categories (victim services, courts, law enforcement, and prosecution) that meaningfully address sexual assault, including stranger rape, acquaintance rape, alcohol or drug-facilitated rape, and rape within the context of an intimate partner relationship. Examples of programs are SANE's, SART's, or trainings.
2. Non-profit victim service providers will have to prove that the Internal Revenue Service recognizes the organization as being tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
3. All applicants, with the exception of nonprofit victim service providers, are required to consult with their state or local victim service provider during the course of developing their grant applications in order to ensure that the proposed activities are designed to promote the safety confidentiality, and economic independence of victims. The applicant will have to describe the consultation and which victim service provider they worked with and the person at those agencies.
4. With the exception of courts, allocation categories (Law enforcement, Prosecution and Victim Services) are based on the purpose for which the funds will be used, not the type of agency applying for the funds.
5. The emphasis of STOP program funds will be to address the needs of the undeserved.