The STAAR Project offers guidance to Violence Against Women Act STOP grant recipients.
Funded through a cooperative agreement with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Dept. of Justice, the STOP Technical Assistance to Administrators Resource Project (STAAR Project) is a national project that assists all 56 U.S. states and territories with the planning and implementation of federal STOP Formula Grants for the purpose of supporting victim services; improving criminal justice system responses to domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and establishing coordinated community responses to these crimes.
The STAAR Project assists state and territory administering agencies in their implementation of the STOP Formula Grants Program. The STAAR Project consults STOP administrators and local programs on how to maximize STOP funds to improve law enforcement, prosecution, and court responses, and provide victim services, advocacy, and legal services that address the needs of all victims.
All States and Territories applying for a STOP Grant must develop an implementation plan in coordination and consultation with a number of entities, in accordance with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, in addition to other requirements.
The STAAR Project offers guidance to states and territories and their local programs on a range of topics including:
- Developing and implementing an inclusive Statewide/Territory-wide planning process;
- Coordinating with other Federal and State funding streams;
- Soliciting applications that address State and Territory needs;
- Managing and monitoring STOP sub-grantees;
- Implementing promising criminal justice system policies, procedures, and practices;
- Addressing the needs of all victims; and
- Collaborating and coordinating among multiple disciplines and entities to ensure safety for victims and offender accountability.
The STAAR Project offers consultation and training through:
- National conferences and regional trainings;
- Written resources;
- Webinars and conference calls;
- Individualized consultation; and
- Travel cost and conference fee assistance for attendance at approved national conferences through the LINK Program;
- Brokering assistance with many other national technical assistance providers on specialized issue areas.
For assistance, contact ALSOSTAARProjectTA@also-chicago.org or call (773) 235-5705, ext 230.