Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators
OVC periodically posts notifications, updates, and resources for state VOCA administrators. View the latest information for VOCA administrators or search for past notifications.
Visit the VOCA Administrators Training and Technical Assistance page to learn about improving the management of VOCA funds or our VOCA Administrators FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have questions which are not answered on our website, please contact the OVC Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice conducts audits of OVC grants to ensure that award recipients are complying with applicable statutes and are accomplishing the goals of the awards. Watch a five-part Grant Award Audit Process Webinar for an overview of the grant audit lifecycle.
News for VOCA Administrators
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.
VOCA Administrator Q&A with OVC
November 20, 2018
OVC will conduct a series of virtual Q&A sessions for VOCA Administrators. Each session will be facilitated by representatives from OVC and the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Chief Financial Officer.
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.
Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity
May 29, 2018
Apply for the FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity solicitation.
OVC seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs...
Register to attend the 2018 VOCA National Training Conference
May 18, 2018
With support from OVC, the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards will host the 2018 VOCA National Training Conference August 7–9, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia.
Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees
May 17, 2018
Apply for the FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees solicitation. The purpose of this solicitation is to fund VOCA Victim Assistance Program state administering agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to provide training within the applicant’s state.
VOCA–Funded Elder Abuse Programs
October 12, 2017
In the last two years, Congress significantly raised the financial cap on Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, quadrupling Fiscal Year 2016 funding that is available to states to support victim services. In addition, the new VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Rule—finalized in August 2016—clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. With this tremendous increase in funding and the new Rule that clarifies and expands how states may expend the funding, states are looking to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse.
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.
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.
Funding Opportunity: Vision 21: Building State Technology Capacity — Victim Compensation
March 21, 2017
This program is specifically for the improvement of data collection efforts to help increase the accuracy of administrative reporting through the OVC Performance Management Tool for VOCA Formula Victim Compensation programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.