The Family Violence Prevention Fund credits the 1994 version of VAWA as establishing "new penalties for gender-related violence and new grant programs encouraging states to address domestic violence and sexual assault including:law enforcement and prosecution grants (STOP grants); grants to encourage arrest; rural domestic violence and child abuse enforcement grants; the National Domestic Violence Hotline; grants to battered women's shelters."
In subsequent versions, Biden pushed for the bill to be broadened in scope. When VAWA was reauthorized in 2000, the new version included authorization of $3.3 billion over five years. This including funding for STOP grants (Services and Training for Officers and Prosecutors); shelter services for battered women and their children; a grant program for civil legal services for women; supervised visitation centers; protection for battered immigrant women (the most significant improvement over the previous version); recognition of dating violence; and services for disabled and older women who are the victims of sexual and domestic violence.
VAWA was again reauthorized in 2005.