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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Funding

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Funding

What is the problem?

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance funds are federal funds that can be used to support services for victims and survivors of gun violence. Many of the services eligible for VOCA victim assistance funds are already being provided by gun violence intervention programs, such as street outreach and hospital-based violence intervention programs. VOCA victim assistance grants should be used to help reduce gun violence and support gun violence survivors.

Local community-based organizations are in need of more funding to provide responsive services to victims of gun violence. These organizations have been delivering these critical services for years, healing families and communities while preventing future gun violence.

Which states have targeted solicitations to use federal Victims of Crime Act funds for gun violence intervention or victim services funding?

7 states have adopted this policy

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Alabama has not adopted this policy

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Alaska has not adopted this policy

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Arizona has not adopted this policy

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Arkansas has not adopted this policy

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California has adopted this policy

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Colorado has not adopted this policy

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Connecticut has adopted this policy

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Delaware has not adopted this policy

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Florida has not adopted this policy

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Georgia has not adopted this policy

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Hawaii has not adopted this policy

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Idaho has not adopted this policy

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Illinois has adopted this policy

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Indiana has not adopted this policy

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Iowa has adopted this policy

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Kansas has not adopted this policy

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Kentucky has not adopted this policy

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Louisiana has not adopted this policy

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Maine has not adopted this policy

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Maryland has not adopted this policy

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Massachusetts has not adopted this policy

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Michigan has not adopted this policy

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Minnesota has not adopted this policy

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Mississippi has not adopted this policy

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Missouri has not adopted this policy

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Montana has not adopted this policy

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Nebraska has not adopted this policy

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Nevada has not adopted this policy

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New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

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New Jersey has adopted this policy

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New Mexico has not adopted this policy

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New York has not adopted this policy

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North Carolina has not adopted this policy

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North Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Ohio has adopted this policy

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Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

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Oregon has not adopted this policy

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Pennsylvania has not adopted this policy

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Rhode Island has not adopted this policy

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South Carolina has not adopted this policy

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South Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Tennessee has not adopted this policy

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Texas has not adopted this policy

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Utah has not adopted this policy

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Vermont has not adopted this policy

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Virginia has adopted this policy

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Washington has not adopted this policy

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West Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Wisconsin has not adopted this policy

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Wyoming has not adopted this policy

How it Works

Local community-based organizations are in need of more funding.

VOCA victim assistance grants can be used to fund community-based organizations providing services to gun violence victims and survivors. However, historically, VOCA victim assistance funds have not been granted to services focused on gun violence victims and survivors. VOCA victim assistance funding can and should be utilized to support services to gun violence victims and to help stem cycles of violence. States and cities can be proactive in directing VOCA victim assistance funds to gun violence victim services.

Among the gun violence intervention services eligible for victim assistance funding are hospital-based violence intervention programs, street outreach programs, and trauma recovery centers.

By the numbers

Myth & Fact

Myth

VOCA victim assistance grants cannot be used to support gun violence intervention programs.

Fact

Many gun violence intervention organizations provide VOCA-eligible services to gun violence victims. Among these eligible services are crisis intervention, safety planning, mental health counseling, case management, and peer-to-peer support.

All Resources

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Funding