Friday, December 19, 2014 by Action Alliance

Federal FY 2015 Budget Provides Critical Funding Increases to Benefit Victims

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA-- This week, President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Bill (called the Cromnibus) which includes vital investments in programs that address domestic and sexual violence, including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).

Specifically, the legislation significantly increases the funding released from the VOCA Crime Victims Fund, an an essential source of funding in Virginia for crisis and safety services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

“Virginia’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Crisis Centers have been struggling to meet increased calls for help with decreased funding. This change in VOCA funding is good news for communities as a whole, and for victims of sexual and domestic violence specifically,” said Kristine Hall, Policy Director for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

“We especially want to thank Congressman Wolf for his commitment and continued leadership in working to bring increased funding to Virginia,” said Ms. Hall.

The Crime Victims Fund was created in 1984 and supports crime victim services and crime victim compensation programs, which pay many of the out-of-pocket expenses of crime victims. The Crime Victims Fund is a special account funded by Federal criminal fines and penalties, not taxpayers. Because these offender revenues have already been paid into the Fund, spending is budget-neutral and does not add to the national debt or deficit.

The Action Alliance joins other victim advocates nationwide in applauding the leadership of Congressman Wolf’s colleagues in appropriations, specifically, Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Richard Shelby (AL), and Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and other congressional champions of VOCA funding, administration officials, crime victims, and advocacy organizations for this achievement.

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