Human Trafficking and the STOP Grant Program: Understanding the Impact of Trauma
A trafficking survivor’s history of trauma likely will have a profound effect on them throughout their life and, in particular, can impact their interaction with anyone in the justice system. This webinar helps:
- Ground STOP administrators on how trauma affects human trafficking survivors, how the programs funded under STOP can be trauma-informed, and how human trafficking intersects with domestic and sexual violence;
- Explore the intersection with addictions and other issues facing survivors that co-occur; and
- Provides specific ideas about how the STOP Grant program can integrate human trafficking and be grounded in trauma-informed approaches.
(Presented on 4/28/2020)
New STOP Formula Grants Progress Reporting Forms
This webinar reviewed updates to the STOP Subgrantee and STOP Administrators Progress Reporting Forms. VAWA MEI staff discussed who to contact with questions STOP Administrator data reporting responsibilities, and updates to the new STOP administrator & STOP subgrantee forms.
(Presented on 1/30/2020)
Similarities and Differences Between VOCA and VAWA Formula Grants
This webinar discussed similarities and differences between the STOP Formula Grant and VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant programs including: An overview of allowable costs and activities; Strategic spending of funds; Eligible applicants; and Match.
(Presented on 12/5/2019)
VAWA-VOCA Webinar Slides
A-Z Advocacy Model: How Asian/Pacific Islander Programs Operationalize Culturally-Specific Services
The A-Z Advocacy Model for Asian and Pacific Islander Survivors identifies the integration of program design principles and evidence-informed practices that address some of the unique abuser, family, community, and systems generated risks that API survivors face. This webinar addresses how the A-Z Advocacy Model can inform the development of STOP implementation plans; engage with API-serving community-based-organizations; and build capacity for systemic changes to serve historically marginalized communities.
(Presented on 11/14/2019)
Materials & Resources
A-Z Model Webinar Slides
Directory of Domestic & Gender Violence Programs Serving API Communities: This comprehensive directory allows for the search of organizations by state/territory, language, and specific communities served. STOP Administrators are encouraged to reach out to community based organizations that serve API communities in their state/territory to learn about community and organization needs.
STOP Intensive Technical Assistance Informational Webinar
(Presented on 9/19/2019)
For Deaf, By Deaf: What STOP Administrators Can Do to Support Deaf Survivors' Healing and Justice
There are more than 7 million Deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. They are two times more likely to be victims of domestic violence and sexual assault than hearing people, and face cultural and communication barriers to hearing victim services and other systems-based responses. “For Deaf, by Deaf” victim services - services that are offered in American Sign Language and center Deaf cultures - are the most effective approach to meeting the needs of Deaf survivors. In this webinar, you will learn about Deaf cultures and communities in the United States; the experiences Deaf survivors of domestic and sexual violence face with hearing services and systems; and . explore ways STOP administrators can support “Deaf, by Deaf” victim services and help hearing programs provide more culturally and linguistically specific services to Deaf survivors.
(Presented on 7/25/19)
STOP Formula Grants Program Calculations
In this webinar, Marnie Shiels, OVW Attorney Advisor, reviewed calculations related to the STOP Formula Grants Program with a focus on allocation of funds, calculation of administrative funds, the 20% sexual assault set-aside, and match. Additionally, Amy Loder, OVW Associate Director, reviewed the match waiver process. This webinar also included a live demonstration of how to do these calculations.
(Presented on 6/13/19)
Recognizing and Responding to Stalking
Stalking is a prevalent, dangerous and often misunderstood crime. As one of the four crime areas covered by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), communities working to address the crime of stalking must explore the dynamics of stalking, focus on the highly contextual nature of the crime, analyze stalking’s co-occurrence with domestic and sexual violence, as well as develop strategies to plan for victim safety and offender accountability. As technologies continue to expand, stalking offenders are becoming more creative in their strategies to monitor and harass victims. Likewise, our investigation and prosecution strategies must also expand. This webinar aims to assist STOP administrators in ensuring that STOP grantees are substantively addressing stalking both within the context of sexual and domestic violence, and a separate crime area. The webinar will also discusses common technologies that are being used/misused by offenders to engage in stalking.
(Presented on 4/4/19)
A Review of STOP Subgrantee Progress Reporting Forms for Administrators
VAWA MEI staff disscused how to submit subgrantee reports, reviewed the most frequently reported sections of the subgrantee reporting form, and demonstrated how STOP Administrators should conduct their review of the subgrantee reporting form. This webinar included tips and tricks for analyzing subgrantee reports, including common errors to keep an eye out for.
(Presented on 3/14/19)
The STOP Formula Grants Program provides a 5% set-aside for courts. STOP Administrators and STOP Planning Committees must determine how to utilize these funds to best address needs, challenges, and gaps through state, tribal, and local courts. Any funding strategy developed for the Courts allocation must consider how to ensure court participation in STOP-funded activities, and the unique parameters for court funding and activities.
(Presented on 2/14/19)
Courts 5% Set-aside Presentation
Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, is a reality facing communities across our nation. This crime involves the exploitation by one person of another for compelled sex or labor is perpetrated by domestic, dating, and sexual violence offenders and stalkers who target intimate partners and family members for violence and abuse. This makes it vital that the STOP grant program administrators and recipients understand what human trafficking is and how it intersects with the STOP Grant Program, and have access to ideas and resources so that they can better assist its victims and bring perpetrators to justice.
(Presented on 1/17/19)
Trauma Informed Practices for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors
A principal duty of law enforcement officers who work on cases of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or trafficking is to gather evidence of crimes experienced by survivors. Learning about the signs of trauma and how they can best work with survivors who experience the effects of trauma can help law enforcement and prosecutors work more effectively with survivors and build stronger cases. STOP Administrators can strive to incorporate statewide and territory-wide trauma-informed training and practices, which will help disciplines understand what trauma is, learn about promising practices for working with survivors who live with its effects, and use trauma-informed approaches to help avoid retraumatizing survivors.
(Presented on 12/13/18)
STOP Formula Grant Program Purpose Area (PA) #14 provides that STOP funding can be used for the purpose of "developing and promoting State, local, or tribal legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking." This webinar will focus on STOP PA 14 and how it can be utilized to address system gaps within STOP.
(Presented on 11/1/18)
STOP Implementation Planning: A Monthly at a Glance Guide
The purpose of this webinar is to launch a new product of the STAAR Project: STOP Implementation Planning: A Monthly At-A-Glance Guide. This guide is designed as a 12-month guide that provides a succinct bird's-eye view of the STOP implementation planning process through action steps and suggestions. This product is meant to complement the more comprehensive written products of the STAAR Project, the Implementation Plan Template Packet and Implementation Plan Tool, revised last year.
(Presented on 2/27/18)
New STOP Administrator Webinar
This webinar is geared towards new STOP Administrators (3 years or less). An overview of ALSO STAAR Project TA along with ALSO STAAR Project products are reviewed. Products shared include the STOP Administrator's Handbook, Implementation Planning Tool, Implementation Plan Template Packet, and resources for STOP Administrators found on ALSO’s website are shared.
(Presented on 12/11/17)