Grants awarded to combat violence against women

Local Sources- The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) awarded more than $2.8 million to 46 public and nonprofit organizations through the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program. 

“STOP” stands for services, training, officers and prosecutors. 

The program is designed to support communities in their efforts to develop and strengthen law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violence against women, as well as enhance victim services and safety. 

“This funding is focused on empowering survivors of violence and ensuring that those who commit these heinous acts are brought to justice,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. “Every project funded by this grant is a step towards building stronger, safer communities for all Hoosiers." 

Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program promotes a coordinated effort to improve the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The funds are provided by the Office on Violence Against Women under the U.S. Department of Justice.  

The grants will be used to support a diverse range of  local initiatives, including those to provide legal advocacy, counseling, training for law enforcement and court personnel, and victim support services. Funding will also help pay for special prosecutors and investigators who are dedicated to handling cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

"Our strategy is to build partnerships with community organizations to break the cycle of violence and provide more support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Indiana,” said Kim Lambert, ICJI Victim Services Division Director. “Partnerships are essential to addressing these issues, as they allow us to pool our resources and expertise to provide survivors with the help they need." 

The grants were approved by the ICJI Board of Trustees in September and will be made available to organizations starting October 1.  

The following is a list of the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program award recipients. For a PDF version, click here or visit:

CountyOrganization Award Amount 
AllenAllen County Prosecuting Attorney's Office$70,566.40
AllenCenter for Nonviolence, Inc.$27,429.22
AllenYWCA Northeast Indiana$45,153.72
BartholomewBartholomew County Prosecutor's Office$56,563.20
BooneBoone County Prosecutor's Office$23,791.50
BrownBrown County Prosecutor's Office$25,815.00
CassCass County Prosecutor's Office$12,971.66
ClarkClark County Prosecutor's Office$23,364.00
ClarkClark County Sheriff's Office$45,244.76
ClintonClinton County Prosecutor's Office$16,492.38
ColumbusColumbus Regional Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc.$47,919.00
DelawareMuncie Police Department$55,649.12
DelawareA Better Way Services, Inc.$22,896.98
DelawareDelaware County Prosecuting Attorney$159,753.32
ElkhartElkhart County Prosecutor's Office$29,202.84
FayetteFayette County Prosecutor's Office$16,991.62
FranklinFranklin County Prosecutor's Office$44,568.75
GrantGrant County Prosecutor's Office$37,008.12
HancockHancock County Prosecutor's Office$63,836.17
HendricksHendricks County Prosecutor's Office$52,551.43
HowardHoward County Prosecutor's Office$45,600.80
JohnsonJohnson County Prosecutor Office$47,433.12
LakeHobart Police Department$82,949.15
MadisonMadison County Prosecutor's Office$95,468.52
MarionMarion County Prosecutor's Office$81,228.00
MarionMarion County Sheriff's Department$59,658.66
MarionSupreme Court$136,434.51
MarionIndiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence$85,630.95
MarionIndiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Inc.$140,184.82
MarionLatino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Incorporated$88,240.77
MonroeMonroe County Prosecutor's Office$117,553.30
Morgan Morgan County Prosecutor's Office$18,622.40
PorterFair Haven Inc.$94,008.39
PorterPorter County Prosecutor's Office$63,806.25
PutnamPutnam County Prosecutor's Office$20,025.94
RipleyRipley County Prosecutor's Office$88,642.71
RushRush County Prosecutor's Office$41,021.08
ScottScott County Prosecutor's Office$40,907.60
ShelbyShelby County Prosecutor, 16th Judicial Circuit$124,341.22
St. JosephSt. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office$171,285.95
SteubenSteuben County Prosecuting Attorney$28,067.00
Tippecanoe YWCA Greater Lafayette$29,788.19
VanderburghVanderburgh County Sheriff Office$70,546.89
VanderburghAlbion Fellows Bacon Center, Inc$39,015.96
VanderburghVanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office$55,202.33
VermillionVermillion County Prosecutor's Office$107,650.00

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