Ohio's Violence Against Women Act Signed Into Law
Rep. Antonio works to expand resources for survivors of abuse

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced that Ohio’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law Tuesday. The measure helps ensure continued funding for Ohio services and resources that support victims of domestic violence, violence against women, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and trafficking.

“I am honored to have brought this legislation forward to assist those who have experienced violence to have access to services and protections they need and deserve,” said Rep. Antonio.

As result of the federal VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013, individual states are required to make additional certifications to receive VAWA funding and have until the last day of their current legislative sessions to come into compliance or risk losing VAWA funds. 

Ohio has five VAWA programs that receive a total of $6.4 million annually. The largest portion of this funding is administered through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) program, which directly goes to funding domestic violence services, rape crisis centers, courts, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. Ohio also receives discretionary VAWA grants.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was created in 1994 to allow government agencies and victim advocates to work to combat domestic violence, sexual assault and other types of violence against women. The overhaul put into place grant programs and funding for victims’ services to states.

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