A program under VAWA, STEP (Supporting Teens Through Education and Protection – 42 USC 14043c-3) helps middle and high schools address dating abuse, sexual assault and stalking. Bringing a wide range of experts together including educators, law enforcement, domestic violence service providers and community agencies, these grants will:

  • Train school personnel
  • Connect students experiencing abuse with referrals and support services
  • Develop and implement school policies to hold perpetrators accountable, support victims and respond safely and appropriately to affected students
  • Provide students educational programming regarding dating abuse, sexual assault and stalking
  • Develop strong mentoring programs to aid students in coping with and understanding these types of violence

We urge Congress to fully fund STEP at the authorized level of $5 million per year.