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The mission of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards is to provide leadership, professional development, and collaborative opportunities to our members to strengthen their capacity to improve services to crime victims and survivors. We share a vision of working together so that every victim compensation program is fully funded, optimally staffed, and functioning effectively to help victims cope with the costs of crime.
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VOCA for Compensation Programs
Managers of crime victim compensation programs may wish to read our capsule summary providing useful information about complying with VOCA requirements to maintain eligibility for grants. Go to the "VOCA Article" that appears as a separate tab under this main VOCA tab.
The Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) authorizes valuable supplemental funding to each state compensation program that meets certain basic conditions. But the large majority of compensation funding comes from states sources -- chiefly criminal fines -- and all authority to make decisions on individual claims rests with state programs, using state law to make those determinations. Still, compensation program managers must be cognizant of how to keep their programs eligible for VOCA grants by meeting certain conditions and following grant-reporting and accounting procedures.
And if you're looking for more information about VOCA's last payer provision, click on this article: Payer of Last Resort for a full discussion of the issue.
The website of our collegial organization, the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, is a superb source for detailed information on VOCA budget and spending issues.