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Category: Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

NCADV’s Work and What We Do

Over the past forty-three years, NCADV’s work has centered the most pressing needs of domestic violence victims and the advocates who serve them. Since our beginning, evolutions in NCADV’s mission and leadership along with the formation of other critical national organizations working to eliminate domestic violence has led to advancements in our focus. This blog post, which is the second in a series, will take a closer look at NCADV’s work and what we do currently. By the ti... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators about VOCA THIS WEEK!

Senator Schumer is planning to ask the Senate to allow a vote on the VOCA fix this week. We need every Senator to support their plan to pass the bill! Background As, you know, on March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (&ld... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, July 13, 2021

ACTION ALERT: VOCA Lunch and Lobby on June 21st

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is joining Newtown Action Alliance’s weekly Lunch and Lobby to encourage the Senate to vote on the House-passed VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act. However, we have yet to see movement on the Senate companion bill, S.611. The situation is dire! Federal grants to victim servi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Action Alert: VOCA Day of Action on June 8th

ACTION ALERT! Contact Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and tell them to bring VOCA to the floor for a vote! On March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”). However, we ha... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, June 7, 2021

NCADV Applauds Congress on the Introduction of the VOCA Fix and Calls for Constituents to Contact Congress in Support

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) celebrates the bicameral introduction of the bipartisan VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (the VOCA Fix Act). We applaud the leadership of Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), Sheila Jack... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 4, 2021

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Pass a COVID Package That Meets Needs of DV Survivors

Congress MUST pass a COVID-19 relief package that includes not only economic support for unemployed, underemployed, and low-income families but also funding and policies specifically addressing the unique needs of survivors. In previous COVID-19 relief packages, Congress provided no relief funding for survivors of sexual assault, for community-based culturally-specific organizations serving survivors in Communities of Color who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, or for tribal victi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, January 28, 2021

NCADV Disappointed VOCA Fix to Prevent Funding Cuts NOT Included in Funding Bill

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is extremely disappointed that, despite bipartisan, bicameral support and constituent pressure, Members of Congress chose not to include a provision to prevent dramatic cuts to non-taxpayer funded Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants in the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY’21) funding bill. If it had passed, this provision would have addressed historically low deposits into VOCA’s Crime Victims Fund (CVF) by redirecting monetary settlemen... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Urgent Action Alert: Tell Congress "Don't Cut $1.1 Billion from Victim Service Grants!"

The Senate recently released its appropriations bills, and the bill that funds the Department of Justice contains a MASSIVE 40% cut to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) release. This is on top of a 25% cut the prior year. All told, if the Senate gets its way, VOCA victim service grants will have been cut 81% from FY’18 levels. The situation is dire! The reason for this huge cut is that the non-taxpayer-funded pool of money VOCA grants are pulled from (the Crime Victims Fund) is running d... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, December 3, 2020

Urgent Action Needed: Tell Congress "Don't Cut $1.1 Billion from Victim Service Grants!"

The Senate recently released its appropriations bills, and the bill that funds the Department of Justice contains a MASSIVE 40% cut to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) release. This is on top of a 25% cut the prior year. All told, if the Senate gets its way, VOCA victim service grants will have been cut 74% over the last two years. The situation is dire! The reason for this huge cut is that the non-taxpayer-funded pool of money VOCA grants are pulled from (the Crime Victims Fund) is running d... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, November 17, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Prevent CATASTROPHIC Cuts to Victim Service Grants

On October 19th, Members of Congress received letter urging Congress to take immediate action to prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”), including programs serving victims and survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, drunk driving, assault, homicide, and other crimes. The letter also urges Congress to increase federal support to help states compensate crime victims for costs... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Action Alert: Don't Let Congress Ignore Survivors! Senate Action Needed NOW!

On October 1st, the House passed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief measure to move forward efforts to finalize another much-needed COVID-19 relief bill, after its May passage of the $3.4 trillion Heroes Act was ultimately not taken up in the Senate. The new House measure, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (“Updated HEROES Act”), addresses the health and economic needs of the nation and includes necessary supplemental funding for sexual assa... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, October 12, 2020

NCADV Applauds Congress for Including Fix NICS in Omnibus Bill

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence applauds Congress for including the Fix NICS Act of 2017 in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package! NCADV is proud to have been involved with bill from the beginning, leading the negotiations with other stakeholders such as law enforcement and prosecutors, and engaging with Congressional leadership offices to advocate for the inclusion of Fix NICS in the omnibus. This lifesaving bipartisan legislation will ensure that domestic violence c... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 22, 2018

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