Domestic violence in relationships follows a pretty common pattern. This pattern begins with violence and includes blaming, the victim trying to leave, and then being punished. Sometimes, the violence turns deadly. But more often than not, the cycle repeats over and over again until the victim gets out.
Risk factors that abuse can turn deadly – this report is for the state of Arizona where about 100 victims a year are killed by an abusive partner. If you click on the link it will have the laws for your state.

The Violence Against Women Act VAWA of 1994 establishd harsh penalties for minor offenses. Actions that would bring minor charges in any other situaion carry severe penalties in domestic cases. If you are charged see an attorney.

The new VAWA 2014 law has new provisions and federal grants are available for: in no particular order
1. Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Programs
2. State and Territorial Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalition
3. Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program

Grants for Prosecutors
1. Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
2. Justice Assistance Grant Local Law Enforcement
3. National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)
4. Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Act Grant
5. Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grant (RSAT)
6.Sexual Assault Services Program Grant (SASP)
7. STOP Violence Against Women Grant (VAWA)
The Victims of Crime Act is administered by the victims division of the district attorney’s office

Discretionary Grant Programs – A grant for which the federal awarding agency generally may select the recipient from among all eligible recipients, may decide to make or not make an award based on the programmatic, technical, or scientific content of an application, and can decide the amount of funding to be awarded. Fourteen discretionary grants are available and include sweeping changes in served populations to include grants to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders program. Grants to address children and youth who are affected by domestic or sexual violence and to engage men and boys as allies. Grants to provide more assistance to tribal victims in order to address the large number of tribal women who are victims. Grants to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus program.

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