About the Program 

The purpose of the VAWT Program is to assist in developing and strengthening effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violence crimes against women through training. The program was initially funded in 2010 through the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, S.T.O.P Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program Grant from the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Texas Governor's Office.

Training

Statewide Conference: Since 2011 the VAWT Program has coordinated a statewide conference which is open to all patrol officers, investigators, detectives, and telecommunicators/9-1-1 dispatchers who are first responders or are directed to investigate violent crimes against women. 

Program funds are used to cover expenses for hotel lodging, registration fees, and speaker fees. Travel expenses such as parking, mileage, and daily per diem (meals) are not covered by the VAWT Program and must be covered by attendees.

TCOLE Credit*

Law enforcement professionals attending and successfully completing the training will recevie credit hours from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

*Trainings provided by the Statewide Law Enforcement Training on Violence Against Women Program (VAWT) are NOT A SUBSTITUTE for ANY SAFVIC Course and ineligible for any special or advanced certification.