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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant program
OFFICE: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime | CFDA: 16.575 - Crime Victim Assistance

Status: Closed

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984 established the Crime Victims Fund in the U.S. Treasury. The Fund is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars. It includes deposits from federal criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalties, and special assessments collected by U.S. Attorney’s Offices, federal U.S. courts, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal revenues deposited into the Fund also come from gifts, donations, and bequests from private parties. This fund provides the sources of funding for carrying out all of the activities authorized by VOCA.

The purpose of VOCA is to support the provision of services to victims of crime throughout the nation. “Crime Victim” is defined as a person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, and/or emotional harm as the result of the commission of a crime. Services are defined as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional, psychological, and/or physical needs of crime victims; (2) assist victims to stabilize their lives after victimization; (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and (4) restore a measure of safety and security for the victim.

VOCA requires a minimum of 40% of the State allocation be awarded in the following purpose areas with at least 10% in each:

  1. Programs that support child abuse victims
  2. Programs that support domestic violence victims
  3. Programs that support sexual assault victims
  4. Programs that support underserved populations

Webinar Training

This training walks subgrantees through the process of completing quarterly VOCA PMT reports. The training addresses common reporting mistakes and solutions. At the end of the training, subgrantees had the opportunity to ask questions relevant to reporting and receive guidance on correctly completing reports. VOCA Performance Measures Overview Grantee Webinar: The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Performance Management Team conducted a training session on Victim Assistance performance measures and entering data in the OVC Performance Measurement Tool. If you were unable to attend the session, below are several helpful links to help you through the process.

Webinar slides processWebinar Q&A | Subgrantee PMT Training Guide