STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program (Florida)
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Florida Department of Children and Families
Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program seeks to develop and implement law enforcement and prosecution strategies to effectively decrease violent crimes against women. These grants also help to develop and enhance services provided to the victims of violent crimes.
In Florida, the Department of Children and Families is responsible for coordinating VAWA funds with local agencies. Funds through VAWA provide systematic and sustained focus on permanent systems change within the Florida criminal justice system, while simultaneously developing a comprehensive network of domestic violence and sexual assault victim service advocates and programs throughout Florida communities.
In Florida, VAWA funds may be used for multiple purposes, including:
- Comprehensive training projects (especially multi-disciplinary training).
- Specialized units such as programs in law enforcement or district attorneys' offices.
- Projects developing protocols, policies, and evaluation mechanisms.
- Projects developing data collection and communication systems.
- Sexual assault and domestic violence victim services programs.
- Projects concerning stalking; projects designed for Native American women.
- Projects addressing the needs of older, disabled, and other underserved women.
- Projects supporting statewide multidisciplinary efforts; training of sexual assault forensic medical personnel.
- Assistance for domestic violence and sexual assault victims with immigration matters.
Allowable costs include: Personnel providing eligible services, operating costs associated with eligible services, eligible services skills training, supervision of project-related staff and activities, well justified travel, and professional services/consultants providing eligible services, indirect costs, supplies, and equipment.
History of Funding
None is available.
Ineligible activities and cost items include, but are not limited to:
- Lobbying and administrative advocacy;
- Construction or physical modification to buildings;
- Law enforcement equipment such as uniforms, safety vests, shields and weapons;
- Substance abuse counseling for victims;
- Purchase or real estate or vehicles;
- Research Projects;
Eligible applicants include Florida units of local government, criminal justice agencies, departments of state government, non-governmental non-profit victim services agencies, Indian tribal governments, statewide crime victim services coalitions, and non-profit agencies that provide crime victim services.
For information regarding local deadlines, contact the Department of Children and Families at (850) 921-2168.
The FY 2017 allocation to the state of Florida was $8,055,771. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then competitively awarded to local agencies.
Individual award amounts vary. A 25% funding match is required, unless the applicant is a private, nonprofit victim services organization.
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