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Victims of Crime Act

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund was created by Congress in 1984 to provide federal support to state and local programs that assist victims of crime. VOCA uses non-taxpayer money from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) for programs that serve victims of crime, including state-formula victim assistance grants. These funds, which are generated by fines paid by federal criminals, support services to over 6 million victims of all types of crimes annually, through approximately 6,000 direct service organizations such as domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, and child abuse treatment programs. Sustained VOCA funds are needed to respond to the dangerous lack of available services for victims. 

VOCA Legislative Fix 

On July 21, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (VOCA Fix Act) into law (Public Law 117-27). The law, which will secure billions in victim services by depositing penalties and fines from non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements into the Crime Victims Fund (CVF), was one of NNEDV’s top legislative priorities. The VOCA Fix Act was an urgently needed, critical first step. Without the legislative fix the future of the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) would have been in jeopardy.

Current VOCA Funding

While the VOCA Fix Act was an urgently needed structural fix, it will take time and new cases to replenish the fund to 2018 levels. In the meantime, annual federal Appropriations will likely remain lower than previous years. Local VOCA-funded victim service providers will likely continue to face funding reductions in this vital funding stream.  

FY 23 Federal Appropriations Requests 

Congress must provide steady funding in FY 23. We urge you to: 

  • Request strong and steady funding to be released from the VOCA fund each year and ask for $2.65 billion in FY23 to address the urgent needs of victims of crime;
  • Request strong and steady funding to be released from the VOCA fund each year and ask for $2.65 billion in FY23 to address the urgent needs of victims of crime;
  • Support a continued federal funding stream from VOCA for tribes. Individuals on tribal lands experience disproportionately high rates of domestic and sexual violence and need funding for victim services; and
  • Reject proposals that use the VOCA fund to pay for other Department of Justice (DOJ) programs since that reduces funding for direct victim services. 

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