(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $165,095 in S.T.O.P. (Services, Training, Officers and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women grants for the Puyallup Tribe.

The grants, distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice, will help the tribe to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through vigorous prosecution and improved counseling to victims and their children.

"It is important that we work to eliminate violence against women everywhere, including on our tribal lands," said Murray. "By assisting law enforcement to address the unique challenges domestic violence presents, we help to provide a safer environment for women and children in tribal communities."

The Puyallup Tribe will use the federal award money to continue to support the Domestic Violence Advocacy Office, provide Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy services for victims and prosecute domestic violence and stalking cases.

The money will also help develop and conduct specialized training for law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, and amend the Domestic Violence Consultant Contract to include sexual assault consultation training.

Senator Murray is a strong advocate of the S.T.O.P. grants and other federal initiatives to help end domestic violence. Murray helped pass the Violence Against Women Act, introduce the Victim's Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) in the Senate, and supports legislation that helps health care professionals adequately address the needs of abuse victims.

Murray will continue to use her position on the Appropriations Committee to work to increase funding for efforts to end domestic violence.