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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators

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Announcements

FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation and Victim Assistance Formula Application Attachments and More

April 29, 2020

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Deputy Director, on April 20, 2020

Good Afternoon VOCA Administrators,

This email contains information about the Compensation and Assistance applications and related required attachments; the FY 2020 Training and Technical Assistance Solicitation for Administrators and Subrecipients; and the recently launched DOJ National Elder Fraud hotline.

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Second Quarter PMT Extension of Deadline

April 14, 2020

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Deputy Director, on March 26, 2020

Dear Administrators,

We wanted to let you know that OVC is extending the second quarter PMT reporting deadline to June 30, 2020.

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March 2020 Updates to Match Waiver Approval Process

April 14, 2020

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Deputy Director, on March 31, 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone,

OVC is issuing the attached "March 2020 Updates to OVC Match Waiver Approval Process" in response to VOCA Victim Assistance Administrators comments and feedback. There are three distinct updates from the original July 2019 "OVC Match Waiver Approval Process."

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FY 2020 VOCA Assistance and Compensation Solicitations and Allocation Tables

April 3, 2020

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has released the FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation and Victim Assistance allocation tables:

OVC is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation formula solicitations. Applications for both solicitations are due by Monday, June 1, 2020.

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OVC Winter 2020 Update: VOCApedia, Solicitations, New PMT Resources, and More

March 27, 2020

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Deputy Director, on February 26, 2020

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

I hope your 2020 is off to a good start. Below, you will find updates on various OVC/OJP topics. Once again, don't be scared by the length! This is like a menu; pick and choose what strikes you.

VOCApedia: The most recent update to VOCApedia includes 25 questions we received in December 2019 and January 2020. The next update will be in March 2020.

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February 2020 VOCApedia Update

February 24, 2020

OVC updated VOCApedia based on recent questions from Formula Victim Assistance Program grantees. This comprehensive resource covers topics including general provisions, monitoring, reporting, allowable expenses, and more.

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Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment

February 19, 2020

OVC is seeking applicants for the OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment solicitation.

During this three-phase project, successful applicants will seek to increase awareness of victim compensation programs and interest in seeking victim compensation.

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SARS Clarification, VOCApedia Monthly Update, and Other November Updates

February 12, 2020

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Acting Deputy Director, on December 17, 2019

Good Evening Administrators,

We are excited to share with you many updates from OVC. This email is long, but full of good nuggets of information for both Compensation and Assistance Administrators. Keep reading and don’t panic!

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Fraud Alert: OVC and SAA Names Being Used by Scammers

November 14, 2019

A Copy of an Email Sent by Darlene Hutchinson, OVC Director, on November 13, 2019

Hello, State VOCA Administrators (comp & assistance),

As some of you may know, OVC has received many reports that OVC’s name is being used as part of an imposter scam. Additionally, we’ve recently learned that 2 or 3 State VOCA Administrators have received similar calls/complaints from local residents and, in some instances, the fraudsters are using the SAA agency’s name as well.

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Release of VOCApedia

November 8, 2019

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Acting Deputy Director, on November 1, 2019

Good Afternoon,

As promised earlier this month, we are very excited to share with you the release of “VOCApedia”. Yesterday, VOCApedia went live on OVC’s VOCA Administrators’ webpage.

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Early October 2019 Updates

November 6, 2019

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Acting Deputy Director, on October 4, 2019

Happy Friday Evening,

There is nothing like starting off your weekend with a long Friday night email from OVC! This email has several updates and reminders from all of us at OVC.

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Updated Match Waiver Approval Process

November 6, 2019

A Copy of an Email Sent by Kathrina S. Peterson, OVC Acting Deputy Director, on June 27, 2019

Good Evening Everyone,

It is with great excitement that we at OJP under the leadership of our new Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katie Sullivan and OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson announce an updated process for match waiver approvals.

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Read Updated Answers to VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Rule Frequently Asked Questions

October 31, 2019

OVC has published updated answers to Frequently Asked Questions from Formula Victim Assistance Program grantees. Read these updates in our comprehensive VOCApedia.

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Free Technical Assistance: Building Partnerships Project

February 20, 2019

The National Resource Center on Reaching Victims of Crime, in collaboration with the National Children's Advocacy Center, is seeking applications for the Building Partnerships Project. This pilot project seeks to enhance partnerships between VOCA Administrators, state child advocacy center chapters, and other state-level partners serving child victims of crime.

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Copy of Email Sent on behalf of Marilyn M. Roberts, OVC Deputy Director, on July 16, 2018 and Match Waiver Template

December 10, 2018

We are writing today to provide guidance on the process to request the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Director grant a full or partial waiver of the match requirements applicable to VOCA Victim Assistance subawards.

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Center for Victim Research Launches Website to Help Improve Victim Services

August 21, 2018

The Center for Victim Research (CVR) has launched a new website with support from OVC. Launched this year, the Center facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide.

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VOCA–Funded Elder Abuse Programs

October 12, 2017; Updated March 31, 2020

The programs listed below are not equipped to respond to calls for immediate assistance, such as calls intended for Adult Protective Services.

In 2016, the new VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Rule clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. With this clarification, states were able to identify more ways to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse

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The Use of VOCA Victim Assistance Program Funds for APS Intake Workers

August 16, 2017

In all states, some form of adult protective services (APS) exists to receive reports of elder abuse. Some states utilize a statewide hotline for receiving reports of elder abuse (intake), while other states maintain a system of local level intake.

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Message to Compensation Administrators: Change in the Financial Guide Regarding Payments to Crime Victims

March 30, 2017

The purpose of this message is to announce an update to the 2015 DOJ Grants Financial Guide regarding sources of payments to crime victims under the OVC Victim Compensation Program. Section 2.3 of the Guide is now consistent with the 2001 VOCA Victim Compensation Program Guidelines and contains the following information.

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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Rule

August 8, 2016

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announces that the final rule for its Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Grant Program became effective on August 8, 2016. The final rule sets forth the parameters for the use of funds under OVC's Victim Assistance Program.

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Clarification of Allowable Costs for Victim Assistance Programs

July 6, 2016

OVC has received communication from a number of people in the victim assistance field about state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance administering agencies' interpretation of the current VOCA Assistance Final Program Guidelines on expenses related to transitional housing and civil legal assistance, as well as the federal definition of “supplanting" for VOCA purposes.

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Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Funds as Matching Funds for Certain OVC Grant Programs

June 16, 2016

Please review the attached letter regarding the permissibility of the use of Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funds as matching funds for certain OVC grant programs.


Clarification regarding the applicability of the payer of last resort provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to state VOCA victim compensation programs

June 3, 2016

The purpose of this message is to clarify how the payer of last resort provision in the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) applies to your state's Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) victim compensation program.

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Policy change to VOCA Assistance Guidelines with regard to allowability of indirect costs to conform to 2 C.F.R. Part 200

October 9, 2015

The purpose of this message is to announce the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) policy regarding the allowability of indirect costs at the sub-recipient level for the VOCA Victim Assistance Program. For VOCA Victim Assistance Program funding awarded by OVC in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and later, OVC will allow indirect costs at the sub-recipient level.

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Answers to Two Specific Questions Raised at the VOCA Administrators Quarterly Meeting in February 2013

June 10, 2013

Two specific questions were raised at the quarterly meeting in February 2013, and I wanted to share those questions, and the answers, with everyone.

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Clarification regarding the applicability of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to VOCA victim compensation and victim assistance programs

June 28, 2010

The purpose of this message is to provide clarification regarding the applicability of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

This issue has been raised in the past and has been under review for quite some time.

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Date Created: April 18, 2020