Message From the Director
For more than 30 years, the Crime Victims Fund has been the bedrock of victim services. Since its establishment by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, the Fundconsisting primarily of fines, bond forfeitures, and penalties from convicted federal offendershas been directed to millions of victims and thousands of programs to help these victims heal.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) disbursed these non-taxpayer dollars to support more than 7 million crime victims in Fiscal Years (FY) 2013 and 2014. This report highlights OVC services and programs during this period, and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities throughout the Nation. In 2013, OVC released the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report, the culmination of a strategic initiative designed to spur the field into a new era of enhanced and innovative services. The programs and projects discussed in this report capture how OVC has begun to implement Vision 21’s recommendations and our efforts to drive the field forward.
This transformation of victim services continues today. OVC would like to thank Congress for the increased level of funding it has provided for victim services in FY 2015. The approximately $2.36 billion Congress has appropriated is the largest in the history of the Fund. This support, most of which will be directed to states, is critical to building capacity in the field to bring about real change for victim services. Through OVC’s support of research, innovation, technology, and training, we can enhance efforts to reach more victims and help them as they rebuild their lives.
Joye E. Frost
Office for Victims of Crime