Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Listening Sessions
Friday, September 18, 2015 — Richmond, VA
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — Roanoke, VA
Thursday, October 8, 2015 — Norfolk, VA
Virginia has been awarded more than $50 million in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds from the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). This year’s award is more than four times the amount the state received in 2014.
Funds will support and improve services for crime victims. DCJS receives and administers VOCA victim assistance funds for Virginia. DCJS uses the money, in combination with state funds, to provide training, technical assistance and grants to support local victim/witness programs, sexual assault crisis centers, domestic violence programs and child abuse treatment programs throughout the state.
DCJS will be conducting public listening sessions throughout Virginia beginning in September. These sessions will be designed to inform the public of this unprecedented opportunity and to get suggestions on ways to expand and improve services for crime victims. This as an excellent opportunity to address some long-standing needs, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with our partners to determine the best uses of the additional funds. Details on dates and locations and to register for the listening sessions are below.