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Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-based organizations that serve crime victims. Grants are made to domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, child abuse programs, and victim service units in law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices, hospitals, and social service agencies. States and territories are required to give priority to programs serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Additional funds must be set aside for underserved victims, such as survivors of homicide victims and victims of drunk drivers.

More information is available on the Laws & Policies section of our VOCA Administrators microsite.

For additional information, please contact your State Victim Assistance Program.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is not accepting applications for the Consultant Network at this time. Please contact the OVC TTAC Consultant Management Team at 866–682–8822 or [email protected] if you have further questions.

According to the Victim Compensation Program Guidelines, at a minimum, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) requires states to award compensation for medical expenses, mental health counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses when they are attributable to a compensable crime.

For more information regarding expenses covered in your state, please contact your State Victim Compensation Program.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) specifically requires compensation to crime victims and survivors of victims of criminal violence for certain expenses resulting from physical injury from a compensable crime as defined by the state.

VOCA places priority on violent crime, but it does not prohibit coverage of nonviolent crimes. States may choose to broaden the range of compensable crimes to include those involving threats of injury or economic crime where victims are traumatized but not physically injured. Please keep in mind that eligibility requirements, in the end, are left up to the state.

Please contact your State Victim Compensation Program for information to learn about eligibility requirements. 

Contact your state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrator for questions regarding what expenses are allowable if your organization receives VOCA funding.

College-specific crime statistics can be found on the Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool website from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Postsecondary Education.

Additional data and information can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Security page.

Crime in the United States, an annual report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, provides university/college campus crime data that are reported by law enforcement.

Learn more about campus crime and serving victims of crime on the Campus Crime section of our website.

The most recent tally of Americans killed as a result of terrorist attacks can be found in the U.S. Department of State annual Country Reports on Terrorism. Visit the Crime: Terrorism section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) website for additional information.

Established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is a federal office within the U.S. Department of Justice that provides federal funds to support victim assistance and compensation programs around the country and advocates for the fair treatment of crime victims.

More information about OVC is available in the What is OVC? and Crime Victims Fund fact sheets.

Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), OVC's information clearinghouse. You can search for and order available OVC resources via the NCJRS Publications/Products page. While these resources are free, shipping and handling fees may apply. View the Shopping Cart Help at NCJRS for more information.