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Victims of Crime Act – VOCA

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Thank you for your ongoing advocacy in supporting lifesaving DV services here in Washington. As Congress works to complete its budget, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) is still facing a devastating $700 million cut.

 

Please take a minute to fill out this form by end of day Friday 2/1 to urge our Members of Congress to ensure level funding ($1.9B) for VOCA in the final FY24 budget. The form takes only 1-minute and simply asks for your name, address, and email. It’s that easy!

 

Before submitting the form, you will be prompted to choose which of your Members of Congress you would like to send you email to. Southwest Washington is represented by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-3rd CD). All three are vocal supporters of YWCA’s mission and are allies in our call to end violence against women.

 

What is VOCA funding?

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), funds critical services around domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, trafficking, civil legal aid, and so much more. VOCA funding comes from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) which is funded by fines generated from federal prosecutions. In recent years, deposits to the CVF have been low, so Congress has allocated less VOCA funding to the states.

 

In FY23, Congress allocated $1.9 billion for VOCA grants. Now, Congress is currently proposing allocating $1.2 billion for FY24 — a 40% cut. 

 

Why does this matter?

VOCA accounts for over 60% of all crime victim service funding in Washington. Cuts to this funding would be devastating for survivors. And Tribal and rural programs, who rely solely on VOCA funding, would experience the greatest cuts. DV programs in your community cannot sustain the same level of vital services without level funding. We need these lifesaving programs as demand for services is higher than ever.

 

Author: Katie J