The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to to victims. Federal, state, territorial and tribal victim assistance programs receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides according to a carefully established annual allocation procedure. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Monies from the Fund are used to—
- Reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime;
- Support professionals who provide direct services to victims;
- Develop demonstration projects and training and technical assistance for victim service providers; and
- Improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, among other things.
The following resources provide information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.