Urgent Action Needed to Sustain the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Preserve Victim Services

Contact your Members of Congress and tell them NOT TO CUT $1.1 billion from victim service grants.

Congress is working on the omnibus appropriations bill - which they need to pass next week to keep the government open - RIGHT NOW, so your tweets/calls/emails can’t wait. Contact your Senators and Representatives ASAP!

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), a major funding source for domestic violence, sexual assault and other victim service providers is facing MASSIVE, immediate cuts and even more drastic cuts in the future if Congress doesn’t act now. Millions of victims rely on VOCA each year to access lifesaving services including shelter, housing, legal assistance, counseling and more.

Contact your Representatives and Senators in Congress today at (202) 224-3121, tell them NOT TO CUT $1.1 billion from victim service grants, and ask them to pass the #VOCAFix in the budget deal ASAP. Learn more and tweet, email, or call your representatives NOW.

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Here are some key points to include in emails and calls to your Members of Congress:

  • Over 6,000 local organizations rely on funds from VOCA to provide lifesaving direct services to victims of all types of crime annually. Without VOCA funds, many victim service programs would cease to exist, leaving survivors and victims with nowhere to turn.
  • Recent declining deposits into VOCA’s non-taxpayer funding source – the CVF – threaten to drastically reduce VOCA funding.
  • The fiscal year (FY) 2021 allocation is facing a $1.1 billion cut, which would have a catastrophic impact on survivors and victim service providers. 
  • Please act now to provide steady funding for VOCA in fiscal year 2021 and provide a long-term fix for the VOCA fund by the end of the year.

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