The primary purpose of the Victim Assistance Program is to support the provision of direct services to victims of crime throughout Alabama. According to the VOCA Final Rule, a crime victim is a person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. The primary goal of this program is to provide funding through grant awards to agencies for projects that will provide, enhance, improve, and expand direct services to victims of crime. Direct services are defined as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; (2) assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after victimization; (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and (4) provide victims of crime with a measure of safety.
The Victims of Crime Act stipulates that a minimum of 40 percent of the state’s total grant will be awarded by giving 10 percent to each of 4 categories of crime victims: sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and underserved populations. These four different types of crime categories are the four different purpose areas under this program. Underserved victims are determined by ADECA and are designated by type of crime, demographic, and/or other identifying characteristics. The underserved populations are identified as victims in extremely rural communities, victims of elderly abuse, victims with disabilities, victims categorized as racial or ethnic minorities, survivors of homicide, and LGBT victims.
For information on allowable costs for direct services, see the following link: https://adeca.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/VOCA-FY-23-Open-Competitive-RFP-Application-Instructions.pdf#page=6
For information on allowable costs for activities supporting direct services, see the following link: https://adeca.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/VOCA-FY-23-Open-Competitive-RFP-Application-Instructions.pdf#page=7
For information on allowable administrative costs, see the following link: https://adeca.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/VOCA-FY-23-Open-Competitive-RFP-Application-Instructions.pdf#page=9
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