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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators

OVC periodically posts notifications, updates, and resources for state VOCA administrators. View the latest information for VOCA administrators or search for past notifications.

Visit the VOCA administrators training and technical assistance page to learn about improving the management of VOCA funds.

Please contact the OVC Resource Center if you have questions which are not answered on our website at askovc@ncjrs.gov.

VOCA–Funded Elder Abuse Programs

October 12, 2017

In the last two years, Congress significantly raised the financial cap on Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, quadrupling Fiscal Year 2016 funding that is available to states to support victim services. In addition, the new VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Rule—finalized in August 2016—clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. With this tremendous increase in funding and the new Rule that clarifies and expands how states may expend the funding, states are looking to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse.

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The Use of VOCA Victim Assistance Program Funds for APS Intake Workers

August 16, 2017

In all states, some form of adult protective services (APS) exists to receive reports of elder abuse. Some states utilize a statewide hotline for receiving reports of elder abuse (intake), while other states maintain a system of local level intake.

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Message to Compensation Administrators: Change in the Financial Guide Regarding Payments to Crime Victims

March 30, 2017

The purpose of this message is to announce an update to the 2015 DOJ Grants Financial Guide regarding sources of payments to crime victims under the OVC Victim Compensation Program. Section 2.3 of the Guide is now consistent with the 2001 VOCA Victim Compensation Program Guidelines and contains the following information.

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Funding Opportunity: Vision 21: Building State Technology Capacity — Victim Compensation

March 21, 2017

This program is specifically for the improvement of data collection efforts to help increase the accuracy of administrative reporting through the OVC Performance Management Tool for VOCA Formula Victim Compensation programs.

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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Rule

August 8, 2016

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announces that the final rule for its Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Grant Program became effective on August 8, 2016. The final rule sets forth the parameters for the use of funds under OVC’s Victim Assistance Program.

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Clarification of Allowable Costs for Victim Assistance Programs

July 6, 2016

OVC has received communication from a number of people in the victim assistance field about state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance administering agencies’ interpretation of the current VOCA Assistance Final Program Guidelines on expenses related to transitional housing and civil legal assistance, as well as the federal definition of “supplanting” for VOCA purposes.

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Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funds as matching funds for certain OVC grant programs

June 16, 2016

Please review the attached letter regarding the permissibility of the use of Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funds as matching funds for certain OVC grant programs.

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Clarification regarding the applicability of the payer of last resort provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to state VOCA victim compensation programs

June 3, 2016

The purpose of this message is to clarify how the payer of last resort provision in the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) applies to your state’s Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) victim compensation program.

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Policy change to VOCA Assistance Guidelines with regard to allowability of indirect costs to conform to 2 C.F.R. Part 200

October 9, 2015

The purpose of this message is to announce the Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) policy regarding the allowability of indirect costs at the sub-recipient level for the VOCA Victim Assistance Program. For VOCA Victim Assistance Program funding awarded by OVC in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and later, OVC will allow indirect costs at the sub-recipient level.

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Answers to Two Specific Questions Raised at the VOCA Administrators Quarterly Meeting in February 2013

June 10, 2013

Two specific questions were raised at the quarterly meeting in February 2013, and I wanted to share those questions, and the answers, with everyone.

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Clarification regarding the applicability of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to VOCA victim compensation and victim assistance programs

June 28, 2010

The purpose of this message is to provide clarification regarding the applicability of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

This issue has been raised in the past and has been under review for quite some time.

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