VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT
VICTIM ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
2013 ARKANSAS STATE WIDE ASSISTANCE REPORT

Prepared By: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
P. O. Box 3278
Little Rock, AR 72203
tel: 501-682-5266


STATE FUNDING INFORMATION
A. THE ANNUAL AMOUNT ALLOCATED TO THE VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROJECTS:
1. Appropriations $1
2. Criminal Fines and Penalties $0
3. Assessments $0
4. Other
  TOTAL: $1
   
B. TOTAL NUMBER OF AGENCIES FUNDED FROM THE FEDERAL GRANT: 58
   
C. NUMBER OF SUBGRANTS FUNDED FROM THIS FEDERAL GRANT: 58
 
VICTIM STATISTICS
A. THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS SERVED BY TYPE OF VICTIMIZATION:
 
NO. OF
VICTIMS SERVED
 
NO. OF
VICTIMS SERVED
 
1,991  1. Child Physical Abuse 350  7. Adults Molested as Children
2,194  2. Child Sexual Abuse 345  8. Survivors of Homicide Victims
155  3. DUI/DWI Crashes 12,059  9. Robbery
11,914  4. Domestic Violence 1,956  10. Assault
686  5. Adult Sexual Assault  11. Other
89  6. Elder Abuse
TOTAL: 31,739  
B. THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS WHO RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
 
NO. OF
VICTIMS SERVED
 
1,037  1. Crisis Counseling
14,460  2. Followup
2,115  3. Therapy
3,043  4. Group Treatment/Support
2,121  5. Shelter/Safehouse
11,978  6. Information/Referral (in-person)
13,332  7. Criminal Justice Support/Advocacy
493  8. Emergency Financial Assistance
3,524  9. Emergency Legal Advocacy
2,522  10. Assistance in filing Compensation Claims
 11. Personal Advocacy
19,872  12. Telephone contact Informational/Referral
 13. Other
TOTAL: 74,497  
 
A.  WHAT ARE THE MAJOR ISSUES, IN YOUR STATE, IF ANY, THAT HINDER VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS IN ASSISTING CRIME VICTIMS IN FILING FOR COMPENSATION BENEFITS AND IN UNDERSTANDING STATE VICTIM COMPENSATION ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
Major issues in Arkansas that hinder victim assistance programs in assisting crime victim n filing for compensation benefits and in understanding state victim compensation eligibility requirements continue to include:  lack of training regarding the program; lack of on-hand funds to pay bills; criminal status of the victim; the amount of paperwork involved and the disbelief by the domestic violence victim that they are actually crime victims.
 
B.  BRIEFLY DESCRIBE EFFORTS TO PROMOTE COORDINATED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EFFORTS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY TO AID CRIME VICTIMS.
In Arkansa a special condition of the subgrant is a requirement to develop and maintain a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other local community providers, including prosecution and law enforcement.  The results of this special condition include:  increased day to day contact between professionals; improved referrals and the establishment of procedures that are independent of the personalities.



In addition the requirement to establish and maintain an MOU, subgrant organizations promote coordinated public and private efforts within the community to aid crime victims by maintaining an active community presence; attending multidisciplinary team meetings; and providing on-going staff training.
 
C.  BRIEFLY DESCRIBE EFFORTS TAKEN TO SERVE FEDERAL CRIME VICTIMS, I.E. COORDINATION ETC.
In the State of Arkansas VOCA subgant organzations make no distinction regarding service provision between federal and non-federal crime victims.
 
D.  DESCRIBE ANY NOTABLE ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED AT THE STATE OR SUBGRANT LEVEL TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF VICTIM SERVICES (I.E. NEEDS ASSESSMENTS, PROGRAM MONITORING, AND PROGRAM EVALUATION). INCLUDE TRAINING EFFORTS, AND USE OF VOCA APPROVED TRAINING FUNDS, IF APPLICABLE.
IGS/VJA continues to incorporate needs assessment in its application process.  Rather than promoting a statewide activity that, in essence, results in a predetermination of what itemswill be supported, this office encourages applicants to conduct community needs assessments and to design proposals/applications to address those needs.



 
E.  INCLUDE AND/OR ATTACH ANECDOTAL INFORMATION AND INDIVIDUAL CASE HISTORIES ILLUSTRATING AT LEAST FOUR WAYS IN WHICH VOCA FUNDS HAVE BEEN USED TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS. (LETTERS FROM CRIME VICTIMS ARE HELPFUL.)
In the State of Arkansas VOCA funds have been instrumental in allowing service delivery in many ways including:  Shelter/safe house; legal advocacy/court accompaniment; obtaining orders of portection; support group counseling and transportation.



Subgrant organizations utilize VOCA funds in many ways, including the following:  (1)VOCA funds have been used to provide safe shelter and support groups (2)the purchase of digital equipment (digita camera's) to document the results of victimizations (3) Transport victims to appointments, i.e. court, work, doctor appointments and to other service providers. (4) VOCA funds are also used to recruit and train volunteers who advocate on behalf of child victims of crime.
 
F.  IDENTIFY ANY EMERGING ISSUES OR NOTABLE TRENDS IMPACTING CRIME VICTIM SERVICES IN YOUR STATE.
In the State of Arkansas the emerging issue or notable trends include: increased drug use and production, particularly methamphetamine which is attributed to a bad economy, attributed to the inability to pass drug tests; increased homeless/jobless victims.  The lack of transportation, especially in rural areas where no public transportation exists; and the increase in the non-English speaking population of victims, resulting in an increase in sexual assaults and human trafficking.
 
G.  SPECIFICALLY DISCUSS HOW YOUR STATE HAS USED VOCA ADMINISTRATIVE FUNDS, AND THE IMPACT OF THESE FUNDS ON THE STATE'S ABILITY TO IMPROVE VICTIMS SERVICES.
During the reporting period, VOCA administrative funds have been used to support personnel costs and general maintenance and operational expenses.  These funds assist in ensuring programmataic and financial accountability of VOCA subgrant organizations.