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OVC Report to the Nation 2009, Fiscal Years 2007-2008: Putting Victims First

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Date Published
December 2009
114 pages
This report describes the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) activities and accomplishments for Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008.
Highlights of the 2009 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2007-2008 focused on the areas of crime victims' funds, services to crime victims, training, education, and outreach, and upholding the rights of victims and include: 1) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, the Crime Victims Fund had deposits totaling $1,017,977,474, with deposits for FY 2008 amounting to $896,316,824; 2) for FY 2007-2008, Violence of Crime Act (VOCA) State compensation payments totaled $863,266,811, victims received State VOCA-funded assistance, with victims of domestic violence accounting for 46 percent of those served; 3) more than 7.8 million victims received VOCA-funded assistance channeled through more than 4,000 agencies; 4) all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 5 territories received VOCA victim assistance funding in FY 2007-2008; 5) the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provided funding for training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and other initiatives to improve the response to victims of sexual assault; 6) for FY 2007-2008, OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center's comprehensive slate of technical assistance projects, programs, trainings, and educational materials broadened opportunities to providers of services to crime victims (i.e., State conference support, online training self assessment tool, professional development scholarships); 7) collaboration with the U.S. Postal Inspection service continued in raising awareness of victims' rights and services; and 8) with OVC funding, the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and its legal clinics trained hundreds of criminal justice professionals, victim service providers, and attorneys in victims' rights issues. In looking ahead with a renewed commitment to expand resources to crime victims, fund allocations for FYs 2009 and 2010 are being increased. In addition, OVC received $100 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Appendixes A-G

Date Published: December 1, 2009