Protect Funding for Victims of Crime

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The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants provide federal funding enabling local organizations serving survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other crimes to provide counseling, case management, crisis hotlines, emergency shelters, and community-based programs. The House of Representatives approved H.R. 1652 by a strong bipartisan vote of 384-38 on March 17. It is time for the Senate to enact this bill to fix the VOCA formula.

The Crime Victims Fund was created in 1984 to provide grants to state and local programs that assist victims of crime. The fund is derived entirely from fines and penalties paid by federal criminal offenders, not taxpayer revenues. These funds are the most essential and flexible source of funding for crime victim services across the nation. The proposed VOCA formula fix will allow federal financial penalties from deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements to be deposited into the Crime Victims Fund, rather than the General Treasury, and used to serve victims of crime. These programs need a steady and consistent stream of funding.