Violence Against Women Prosecution Unit

Violence Against Women Prosecution Unit

The mission of the Violence Against Women Prosecution Unit is to improve the quality of justice in violence against women prosecutions by increasing awareness of the dynamics of victimization, identifying best prosecution practices, developing research and reference resources and providing training and technical assistance at the national, regional and local levels for prosecutors, law enforcement and other allied professionals.

The purpose of this program is to vertically prosecute crimes against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence. Vertical prosecution has shown to:

  • Improve conviction rates;
  • Reduce victim trauma; and
  • Provide more consistent and appropriate sentencing.
  • Ensure minimization of trauma to victims of specified crimes as measured in advocate employee direct services or referrals to local victim service agencies.