The goal of the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant Program is to provide direct services to all victims of crime regardless of their ability to pay for
services rendered or availability of insurance or other third-party payment resources.
Crime victims suffer tremendous emotional, physical, and financial losses. It is the intent of VOCA to reduce the impact of the crime by offering effective services at no cost to the victims.
VOCA provides financial aid to state crime victim compensation programs and crime victim assistance programs. The Act established within the U.S. Treasury a separate account known as the Crime Victim’s Fund. The fund is not financed by tax dollars, but is generated entirely by fines, penalty assessments, and forfeited appearance and bail bonds collected by the federal government.
State Administrative Agencies have the sole discretion to determine which organizations will receive funding and amounts. Recipients must meet the requirements of the VOCA program and Program Guidelines.