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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

In 1984 as part of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Congress created the Crime Victims Fund. The Fund provides monetary support for victim assistance programs and victim compensation programs and is financed by money collected from penalties, fees and fines that have been paid by federal criminals. The Fund contains no taxpayer dollars.

VOCA is an important source of funding for addressing violence against women. VOCA funds rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, counseling programs, support groups, advocacy, and case management services. VOCA also provides financial reimbursement to victims of violent crimes for out-of-pocket medical expenses and mental health counseling.

YWCA Position

The YWCA supports public policies that protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable and work to eradicate sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking of women and girls, and dating violence. Specifically, the YWCA supports the continued and full funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund in addition to supporting the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).

Fact Sheet - Victims of Crime Act