Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
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Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General


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Attorney General Miyares Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress to Stabilize Funding to Support Victims of Crime

RICHMOND, Va. – Attorney General Jason Miyares joined a bipartisan coalition of 41 attorneys general urging Congress to authorize much-needed 2024 bridge funding for the federal Crime Victims Fund (the “VOCA Fund”). The VOCA Fund supports the provision of essential direct services for crime victims and survivors across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, projected fiscal year 2024 funding for victim service grants will be $700 million lower than fiscal year 2023.

“In every corner of our nation, victims of crime rely on the vital support and services provided by federal funding. As victims navigate the aftermath of trauma, from the pain of physical injuries to the anguish of emotional distress, victim advocates are there to support recovery and well-being. That’s why it is imperative that Congress acts swiftly to ensure that victim service programs, like those available here in the Commonwealth, remain fully funded,” said Attorney General Miyares. “As violent crime continues to rise across the country, we have to ensure we remain committed to supporting victims every step of the way. I’m proud to stand with this bipartisan coalition of attorneys general calling on Congress to ensure victims and survivors have the resources and assistance they need in their most difficult times.” 

The VOCA Fund was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, and it is the primary financial source for victim services in all 50 states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. VOCA Fund revenue is generated from offenders convicted of crimes, not from taxes.

In 2021, Congress passed the VOCA Fix Act, which allows monetary recoveries from federal deferred prosecutions and non-prosecution agreements to replenish the fund. While passage of the VOCA Fix Act was necessary, it was not sufficient to adequately shore up fund balances, and 2024 VOCA funding for crime victim service programs is anticipated to be 41% lower nationwide when compared to 2023 grant awards.

Without prompt action by Congress, many victim service programs across the country may be forced to close.

The VOCA Fund supports medical care, mental health counseling, lost wages, courtroom advocacy and temporary housing for victims and survivors of crime. It also helps to fund federal, state and tribal victim service programs, crime victim compensation, discretionary grant awards, victim specialists in U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the federal victim notification system.

Virginia’s Department of Criminal Justice Services administers victim assistance grant programs financed by the VOCA Fund. Here in Virginia, VOCA funds are used to provide important services such as children's advocacy centers, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention programming, and victim advocates at our courthouses.

Read the letter HERE.