Dating violence grants
Many programs are forced to turn away victims who are desperate and have nowhere to go.
NNEDV’s 2016 National DV Counts Census found that on just one day, across the United State and U. Territories, 72,959 adults and children received services from domestic violence programs.
VAWA, FVPSA, and VOCA funding support domestic violence shelters, law enforcement, courts, rape crisis centers, children’s services, prevention, community outreach, and other state and local programs that provide services for victims and families.
These programs have made significant progress towards ending domestic and sexual violence.
OVC also sponsors an annual event in April to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Additionally, the Violence Against Women Office is leading efforts nationally and abroad to intervene in and prosecute crimes of trafficking in women and children and is addressing international domestic violence issues. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health provides information on dating violence, how to leave abusive relationships, how to remain safe when meeting new people, and how to avoid date rape drugs.
At the same time, the national spotlight on these crimes is bringing more survivors out of the shadows and increasing requests for prevention programs, which create an increased demand for services.
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA): VOCA uses non-taxpayer money from the Crime Victims Fund for programs that directly service victims of crime, including state formula victim assistance grants.
These funds, which come from fines paid by federal criminals, support services to 4 million victims of all types of crimes annually, through 4,400 direct service agencies such as domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, and child abuse treatment programs.
NNEDV co-chairs the Campaign for Funding to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, an alliance of over 30 national organizations advocating for funding for VAWA, FVPSA and VOCA.
The Campaign urges Congress to provide strategic increases for VAWA and FVPSA and to increase the annual distribution of VOCA funding in order to meet the rising demand for services and continue progress towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault.