FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    OVC

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2002                                                                            202/307-0703

 

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $383 MILLION TO STATES TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announced today that all 50 states and six territories have been awarded a total of over $383 million this year to help crime victims. With the FY 2002 grants, OVC has now distributed more than $2.3 billion in victim assistance funds since 1986, the year the program was initiated.  Money for these annual awards comes from the Crime Victims Fund, which is supported solely by fines paid by federal criminal offenders – not taxpayers.

“In the days and weeks following September 11, we all saw how crime victim assistance made a difference in people’s lives,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “Every day dedicated professionals and volunteers provide services that help victims meet immediate needs in the aftermath of a crime, protect them from further harm and build for the future.  I am proud that our funds will help support these efforts.”

  States use their crime victim assistance funds to support community-based efforts, including domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, child abuse victims programs and other initiatives that provide counseling, advocacy or emergency transportation to victims.  States can also use these funds for innovative efforts such as sexual assault nurse examiner programs or victim service units in law enforcement agencies, prosecutors offices and social service agencies.

The Crime Victims Fund is supported by fines collected by United States Attorneys, the U.S. Courts and the Bureau of Prisons. Fines collected in one year are deposited into the Fund and are available for grant awards the following year.

Over 90 percent of Fund deposits are distributed annually by OVC to states and territories to support state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.  Remaining funds are used for training and technical assistance and national demonstration projects.

OVC is the federal government’s chief advocate for crime victims and their families.  OVC provides funding for approximately 3,700 victim assistance programs serving 3.1 million crime victims each year and state victim compensation programs that serve an additional 200,000 victims.

A list of the FY 2002 victim assistance grant awards each state received is attached.    More information about the Crime Victims Fund and OVC is available on the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov and from the OVC Resource Center at

1-800/627-6872.  Individuals can call OVC at 202/307-5983 for information about their state victim assistance agencies.  A list of these agencies is available at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/state.htm.

 Media should contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.       

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                                                               OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

FISCAL YEAR 2002 STATE VICTIM ASSISTANCE GRANTS

 

                                               

 

  State

 

 Award Amount

 

  ALABAMA

 

$6,042,000

 

  ALASKA

 

$1,281,000

 

  ARIZONA

 

$6,894,000

 

  ARKANSAS

 

$3,831,000

 

  CALIFORNIA

 

$42,709,000

 

  COLORADO

 

 $5,860,000

 

  CONNECTICUT

 

$4,744,000

 

  DELAWARE

 

$1,476,000

 

  D.C.

 

$1,213,000

 

  FLORIDA

 

$20,417,000

 

  GEORGIA

 

$10,702,000

 

  HAWAII

 

$2,010,000

 

  IDAHO

 

$2,112,000

 

  ILLINOIS

 

$15,976,000

 

  INDIANA

 

$8,077,000

 

  IOWA

 

$4,147,000

 

  KANSAS

 

$3,850,000

 

  KENTUCKY

 

$5,537,000

 

  LOUISIANA

 

$6,069,000

 

  MAINE

 

$2,089,000

 

  MARYLAND

 

$7,100,000

 

  MASSACHUSETTS

 

$8,412,000

 

  MICHIGAN

 

$12,885,000

 

  MINNESOTA

 

$6,630,000

 

  MISSISSIPPI

 

$4,045,000

 

  MISSOURI

 

$7,472,323

 

  MONTANA

 

$1,624,000

 

  NEBRASKA

 

$2,632,000

 

  NEVADA

 

$2,990,000

 

  State

 

 Award Amount

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

$2,040,000

 

NEW JERSEY

 

$10,986,000

 

NEW MEXICO

 

$2,767,000

 

NEW YORK

 

$24,148,000

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

$10,531,000

 

NORTH DAKOTA

 

$1,300,000

 

OHIO

 

$14,648,000

 

OKLAHOMA

 

$4,800,000

 

OREGON

 

$4,764,000

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

$15,804,000

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

$1,806,000

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

$5,500,000

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

 

$1,441,000

 

TENNESSEE

 

$7,590,000

 

TEXAS

 

$26,485,000

 

UTAH

 

$3,283,000

 

VERMONT

 

$1,259,000

 

VIRGINIA

 

$9,321,000

 

WASHINGTON

 

$7,845,000

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

$2,753,000

 

WISCONSIN

 

$7,184,000

 

WYOMING

 

$1,115,000

 

PUERTO RICO

 

$5,246,000

 

AMERICAN SAMOA

 

$ 271,000

 

GUAM

 

$393,000

 

NORTHERN  MARIANA ISLANDS

 

$286,000

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

 

$635,000

 

TOTAL:                     $383,027,323