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What is victim assistance?
Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-based organizations that serve crime victims. Grants are made to domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, child abuse programs, and victim service units in law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices, hospitals, and social service agencies. States and territories are required to give priority to programs serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Additional funds must be set aside for underserved victims, such as survivors of homicide victims and victims of drunk drivers.
More information is available from the Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Program Guidelines.
For additional information, please contact your State Victim Assistance Program and the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators website.
Last Updated: 1/13/2012
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