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The National Center for Victims of Crime Urges Congress Not to Cut Funding to Crime Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

As the nation focuses on criminal justice reform, funding for crime victims is threatened.

Washington, DC The National Center for Victims of Crime is calling on Congress to preserve the continued high disbursement level of the Crime Victims Fund (VOCA Fund). The VOCA Fund was created in 1984 by the bi-partisan Victims of Crime Act as a mechanism to fund compensation and services for the nation’s more than 26 million victims of crime through fines and penalties on federal criminal offenders. Now is not the time for Congress to decrease funding, reneging on its promise to release sufficient funding to meet the needs of all victims, from a fund specifically created for that very purpose.

The country is currently dedicating extensive energy and resources to criminal justice reform with a primary focus on diverting juveniles and adult defendants away from criminal careers towards leading productive lives. Investing in crime victim services is one of the most effective ways to achieve this type of reform.  The evidence is clear; a majority of criminal defendants were either victimized and/or exposed to violence as children and teens.  If this early victimization goes unrecognized and unaddressed it increases the likelihood that victims will become perpetrators.

“It is critical that we provide the necessary support and resources to crime victims at the initial point of victimization.  To reduce crime we must sufficiently fund a robust victim response system that works with families and children in trauma to help them heal.  Victim service agencies and organizations around the country were finally given the opportunity to properly fund their efforts.  Tell Congress to maintain these current levels of VOCA funding. It’s time to incorporate the voices of victims and truly provide justice to those impacted by crime,” commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

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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.