Arrest Program [Department of Justice] Law and Legal Definition

The Arrest program refers to the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program, a United States Department of Justice grant program created under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA). The Arrest Program acknowledges that domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking are crimes that require the criminal justice system to hold offenders accountable for their actions through investigation, arrest, and prosecution of violent offenders, and through close judicial oversight of offender behavior. The program aims to encourage state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring coordination with nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocates and representatives from the criminal justice system.