STEP Program [Department of Justice] Law and Legal Definition

The STEP program refers to the Services, Training, Education, and Policies to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking in Secondary Schools Grant program scheduled by the U.S. Department of justice. The STEP program is created by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) to support middle and high schools to develop and implement effective training, services, prevention strategies, policies, and coordinated community responses for student victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

The program aims to support projects that:

a. provide training to school administrators, faculty and staff;

b. develop policies and procedures for response;

c. provide support services;

d. develop effective prevention strategies; and

e. collaborate with mentoring organizations to support middle and high school student s who have experienced or are victims of domestic violence and related offences.