Celebrating 25 Years of VOCA
October 12, 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Congress passed VOCA in response to findings from the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime, which recommended federal action to improve services for crime victims. VOCA created the Crime Victims Fund, which is the primary source of funding for state compensation and assistance programs. The Fund is financed not by taxpayers, but by fines and penalties paid by federal criminal offenders. Today, it supports some 4,200 local victim service programs throughout the Nation.
To find out about the many VOCA-funded efforts managed by our Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and to learn about other resources for victims, visit the OVC Web page.