Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) is the only federal grant program supporting direct assistance services to victims and survivors of all types of crimes. The primary purpose of the VOCA grant program is to extend and enhance services to crime victims and crime survivors.
VOCA funds are allocated annually to the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services and are sub-granted to victim service organizations throughout the state.
In Vermont, the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services is the designated agency for the administration of VOCA funds. The largest source of CCVS's grant funding comes from the Victims of Crime Act, (VOCA) grant program from the US Department of Justice. VOCA funds come entirely from fines and fees paid by convicted federal criminals, not tax dollars. To ensure the most judicious use of these federal dollars CCVS conducts extensive strategic planning. You can read more about this process in the CCVS VOCA Strategic Planning Guide, and the result of that effort in the Unmet Needs of Crime Victims in Vermont.
Congress took an unprecedented step forward in meeting the critical needs of our nation's crime victims by increasing the VOCA cap for FY 2015. As part of the 2015 appropriations bill, Congress more than tripled the annual amount of non-taxpayer money released from the Crime Victims fund by raising the annual cap.
In response to the unprecedented increase in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Victim's Assistance Program funding, the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services (VCCVS or The Center”) has initiated a strategic planning process to determine the most pressing needs facing crime victims in Vermont, as those needs adhere to current VOCA Regulations.
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