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U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Washington Celebrates Funding Awarded for Community Responses to Gender-Based Violence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington

In commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the original enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Justice Department announced today nearly $193 million in formula and discretionary grant awards to support crucial services and justice responses for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including $3,784,202.00 for the Western District of Washington.

For nearly three decades, VAWA has provided the tools and resources to protect and serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To commemorate the 29th anniversary of VAWA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Washington is proud to announce that the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) awarded $3,784,202. to Western Washington to support community responses to gender-based violence.

Acting US Attorney Tessa Gorman commented: “I am pleased to announce that Western Washington has been awarded funding from the Office on Violence Against Women. Prosecution of those who commit violence against women, along with supporting victim services is integral to the work of our office. We are very appreciative of the benefit these grants will have on our community.”

VAWA’s signature program is the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program, which awards funds to every U.S. state and territory to promote a coordinated community response among law enforcement, prosecution, courts, victim services organizations, and other community services to ensure the safety of survivors. OVW is awarding $3,784,202.00 under the STOP Program to Western Washington to enhance the capacity for our community to develop programs to end gender-based violence and hold offenders accountable. 

“Prior to the enactment of VAWA, survivors were primarily left to fend for themselves, often cycling in and out of dangerous environments with little help from legal systems or service providers.” OVW Director Rosie Hidalgo said. “VAWA has changed this landscape by supporting a coordinated community response to address domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in a more comprehensive manner. It emphasizes survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and community-based approaches and ensures that services are available across every state and territory.”

OVW provides leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence through implementing VAWA and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities nationwide that are developing programs, policies, and practices to end 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


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Delaney Hewitt at 206-553-7970 or

Updated September 15, 2023