VOCA Increases State Victims Assistance Grants
Many were upset and worried about the passing of the congressional Bipartisan Budget Agreement last November. as that agreement permanently removed $1.5 billion from the Crime Victims Fund to pay for other, non-crime victim related, federal programs. However, in the midst of this, a silver lining has appeared in the form of funding increases for FY 2016.
With an increased cap on the Crime Victims Fund for FY 2016, an estimated $302.6 million additional will be available for state VOCA victim assistance grants. This represents a 15.5% increase for state assistance grant funding from FY 2015.
All states and most territories receive annual VOCA assistance grants consisting of a mandated base amount plus additional funds based on population (click here for formula
). State assistance grants are used to support providers who supply direct services to victims including counseling, emergency shelter, rape crisis centers and help participating in the criminal justice system. Approximately 4 million crime victims receive these services from more than 4,000 agencies every year throughout the U.S. The agencies responsible for the VOCA programs vary from state to state. Contact information for each VOCA administrator as well as current VOCA Assistance and Compensation Reports are available in OVC’s U.S Resource Map of Crime Victim Services and Information (click here for U.S. Resource Map
The federal Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund, established under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), to help victims and victim service-providers with program funding in accordance with OVC’s Program Plan each fiscal year.
For more in-depth information, please visit:
Office for Victims of Crime – Crime Fund page
Office for Victims of Crime – Statewide VOCA Analysis U.S. Index
Office for Victims of Crime – U.S. Resource Map of Crime Victim Services and Information
National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators