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Nebraska Crime Commission

Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice


Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) - Federal Grant Program

Established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Congress charged the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) with administering the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund). The Fund supports a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives. The Fund is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, gifts, donations, and bequests by private parties. No portion of the Fund is supported through tax dollars. All services funded through VOCA are provided to individual crime victims at no cost to the victim. VOCA guidelines regulate that each state must allocate 10% of the Fund to serving domestic violence, 10% to sexual assault, 10% of child abuse and 10% to previously underserved victims of crime, respectively, with the remaining portion divided among victim support agencies that provide direct services. OVC distributes the Fund through formula grants, based on population in each area, to State Administrating Agencies (SAA). The Nebraska Crime Commission (NCC), as the SAA serving Nebraska, is tasked to distribute grant funds through a competitive process to organizations that provide services such as crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transportation, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy to victims of crime. In addition, the NCC provides technical assistance and oversight of all VOCA funded programs.

If you have questions regarding VOCA you may contact Kellie Rabenhorst,  402-471-2266



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