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President Obama Signs Bill Significantly Increasing Funding to Support Crime Victims


December 17, 2014
Contact: Tara Ballesteros

Washington, DC -- Last night, President Barack Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2015 funding bill that was passed by Congress last week. The measure includes vital investments in programs that address domestic and sexual violence, including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). The bill releases $2.36 billion from VOCA, almost quadruple the amount of funding released last year, and more closely mirrors the annual collections deposited into the fund.

This action will begin to address the well-documented and unconscionable gap between desperate need and available resources. Advocacy organizations have been calling for this magnitude of release and applaud Congressional leadership for aligning the VOCA funding with its deposits.

“We are thrilled about the impact the increase in funding will have. The hard work is about to start, and it is on us, those that work with victims, to demonstrate that this increased spending makes a real difference in our ability to support those affected by crime. We have to effectively measure outcomes, increase collaboration and broaden our services. Too many victims have remained underserved. We have a unique opportunity to really make a difference, and we are looking forward to working with victim advocates across the country,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

This funding is crucial to support crime victim compensation and services nationwide. Local rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, children's advocacy centers and other crime victim services that have suffered declining federal and state support will now be able to better serve victims.  The formula funding will also allow states to support other desperately needed services for underserved populations, including those with special cultural or linguistic needs.

For additional information and resources, please visit the Public Policy page of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Additionally, the National Center will be holding a Google Hangout this Friday, December 19, at 2:00 pm for a short briefing about what this funding release means for the field.

 Click here to access the briefing

The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.