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Justice Department Awards $2.6 Million to Nevada To Address Violent Crime Against Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2003

Las Vegas, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, and Assistant Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels, of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office on Violence Against Women, are pleased to announce that two Nevada agencies have been awarded over $1 million each to address violent crime against women through victim services, law enforcement, prosecution, and training programs. The Nevada Office of the Attorney General has been awarded a $1,285,000 grant as part of the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program (STOP Grants), and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Reno, Nevada, has been awarded a $1,337,622 grant as part of the Office on Violence Against Women Technical Assistance Program.

The STOP Violence Against Women Grants Program encourages the development and implementation of victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution, and court strategies to address violent crimes against women. In Fiscal Year 2003, the Office on Violence Against Women awarded over $131 million nationwide in STOP grants. Each state receives a base award of $600,000, and an additional amount determined by the size of the state's population. The Nevada Office of the Attorney General must allocate at least 30 percent of the STOP grant monies to nonprofit, non-governmental victim services programs; at least 25 percent to law enforcement; at least 25 percent to prosecution; and at least 5 percent to the courts.

The Office on Violence Against Women Technical Assistance Program provides grantees with expertise and support to develop and implement state, local, tribal, and campus projects, increase victim safety, and bolster offender accountability. The Office supports educational initiatives, conferences, peer-to-peer consultations, etc. that allow the grantees to learn from experts and one another about how to overcome obstacles and incorporate promising practices in their efforts to address violence against women. 
More information on both grants is available through OJP's Office of Communications at (202) 307-0703. 
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and three offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Executive Office for Weed and Seed, the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education, and the Office on Violence Against Women.

Information about OJP programs, publications, and conferences is available on the OJP Web site, www.ojp.usdoj.gov.

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