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Crime Victim Assistance

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Justice , Office Of Victims Of Crime
CFDA #: 16.575

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Funds under this program shall be used by States and territories to provide direct services to crime victims with the following exception: States may retain up to 5 percent of their grant for administrative purposes, and 1 percent of their grant for training. All States and most Territories receive an annual VOCA victim assistance grant. Each State, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico receive a base amount of $500,000. The territories of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, each receive a base amount of $200,000. Additional funds are distributed based on populations. That portion of the then remaining funds will be divided among all States or territories according to population (U.S. Census Bureau). If the amount available for grants under this program is insufficient to provide $500,000 to each State, the base amount available shall be distributed equally among the States and territories. A victim assistance program is an eligible crime victim assistance program under VOCA if it: (A) is operated by a public agency or a nonprofit organization, or combination; (B) meets the appropriate match requirements; (C) uses volunteers unless the VOCA administrator grants a waiver for a compelling reason; (D) promotes coordinated public and private efforts to aid crime victims within the community served; (E) assists victims in applying for crime victim compensation; (F) complies with Federal rules regulating VOCA, including Program Guidelines/Rules and the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide; (G) maintains civil rights information; (H) complies with additional eligibility or service criteria established by the State grantees; (I) provides services to victims of Federal crimes on the same basis as services are provided to victims of State and local crimes; (J) provides services to crime victims without charge unless a waiver is obtained from the State grantee; and, (K) maintains confidentiality of client-counselor and research information. An eligible crime victim assistance program shall expend sums received under subsection (a) only for providing direct services to victims of crime. The chief executive of each State shall (A) certify that priority shall be given to eligible crime victim assistance programs providing assistance to victims of sexual assault, spousal abuse, or child abuse, and to programs serving previously underserved victims of violent crime, as determined by the State, (B) certify that funds awarded to eligible crime victim assistance programs will not be used to supplant State and local funds otherwise available for crime victim assistance; and provide such other information and assurances related to the purposes of this section as the Director may reasonably require. As used in this program, (1) the term "State" includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States; and (2) the term "services to victims of crime" includes (a) crisis intervention services to provide emotional support in cases arising from the occurrence of crime; (b) providing, in an emergency, transportation to court, short-term child care services, and temporary housing and security measures; (c) assistance in participating in criminal justice proceedings; and (d) payment of all reasonable costs for a forensic medical examination of sexual assault victims, to the extent that such costs are otherwise not reimbursed or paid; (3) the term "chief executive" includes a person designated by the governor to perform the functions of the chief executive under this section.