Compensation and Assistance Division
division and its staff is responsible for responding to
the special needs of all innocent victims of violent crime
through support of state and local crime victim compensation
and assistance services programs as authorized by the Victims
of Crime Act (VOCA). This is accomplished through the development
and implementation of guidelines, the award of annual grants,
monitoring, the provision of technical assistance, and collaboration
and coordination with the National Association of Crime
Victims Compensation Boards, the National Center for Victims
of Crime, the National Organization for Victim Assistance,
and other organizations. This division and its staff:
annual awards of compensation and assistance grant funds
to states in accordance with the Victims of Crime Act implementing
guidelines, Financial and Administrative Guide for Grants,
and internal Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures
for grant administration.
and revises guidelines and policies regarding the implementation
of the VOCA victim assistance and crime victim compensation
grant programs to advance program development.
training and technical assistance meetings and conferences
for VOCA grant recipients.
state and local implementation of the victim assistance
and compensation formula/block grants and initiates corrective
actions when deficiencies are noted.
reporting forms and formats to capture and disseminate accomplishments
and deficiencies in the implementation of the VOCA formula/block
grant programs and provides data for the biennial report
to the President and Congress on the impact of the VOCA
victim assistance and compensation grant programs.
legislative amendments to VOCA pertaining to the victim
assistance and crime victim compensation grant programs
as well as other aspects of VOCA.
recommendations and initiates actions to improve the coordination
of victim compensation and assistance services to crime
victims at the Federal, state and local levels.
recommendations and critiques OVC annual program development
plan including training and technical assistance efforts,
research, demonstration efforts, etc.
internal procedures to ensure the timely award of VOCA formula/block
grants to states.
the development and funding of programs serving undeserved
victims of crime.