10 Aug DOJ Awards Record $3.4 B for Criminal Offense Victims
The U.S. Justice Department announced awards amounting to more than $3.4 billion to money countless regional victim help programs and to assist compensate victims in every state for crime-related losses. Dispersed through 2 grant programs administered by the Workplace for Victims of Criminal Offense (OVC), the awards exceed each single-year grant quantity in the program’s 34- year history, DOJ stated. The grants are supported by the Criminal activity Victims Fund, a repository of federal criminal fines, charges, and unique evaluations. The fund does not consist of tax dollars.
More than $3.3 billion of the funds are being granted to states under the Victims of Criminal Offense Act (VOCA) Victim Help Solution Grant Program and will support city government and community-based victim services. In 2017, VOCA grants helped more than 6,700 regional companies. Over the last 2 years, VOCA-funded programs have actually reached more than 5.2 million victims, offering services varying from emergency situation shelter and transport to crisis therapy, long-lasting treatment, and civil legal help, DOJ stated. Victim settlement programs running in all 50 states, 2 areas, and the District of Columbia will get nearly $129 million to compensate victims and survivors for medical charges, lost earnings, reliant care, funeral service costs, and other expenses. This settlement is typically a lifeline to victims who deal with massive monetary obstacles on top of the psychological strife they experience. “Americans struggle with countless violent acts every year, and just a portion of victims get the assistance they so frantically require and should have,” stated OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson.