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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced the awarding of $7.4 million in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants to programs throughout the state that serve victims of crime. VOCA victim assistance grants support programs that provide direct services to innocent victims of violent crime in Wisconsin.
"Innocent victims of crime can find important support in these programs run by our community partners and government agencies", said Van Hollen. "I am pleased that these awards will assist in providing much needed services to innocent children and adults throughout Wisconsin".
These programs provide services that respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after victimization, and assist victims' understanding and participating in the criminal justice system.
Enacted in 1984, VOCA is administered by the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. An annual state grant is awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services which awards subgrants to local government and nonprofit agencies that directly serve victims of crime. Money used by VOCA comes from revenue that is generated by various federal criminal fines, forfeitures, assessments and penalties. No taxpayer monies are used.
For more information on all programs receiving awards, please visit the link below: