The objective of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Recovery Act - VOCA Crime Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Program is to improve the capacity of victim service providers and allied practitioners in advancing rights and services for crime victims.

OVC will award funding

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for training, technical assistance, and demonstration projects that are (1) national in scope (defined as relevant and useful to many or most communities and states across the Nation); and either (2) address gaps in the field in the areas of training and technical assistance; or (3) develop promising practices, models, or programs through demonstration projects.

All initiatives, whether related to training, technical assistance, or development of promising practices, models, and programs, must focus on improving the capacity of victim service providers and allied practitioners in advancing rights and services to victims in the following areas: Elder abuse, sexual assault, victim restitution, child abuse, youth victimization (including cybercrime victimization), victim services in corrections settings, stalking, the implications of forensic technologies for victims, and training and technical assistance on crime victims rights.

In addition to fulfilling program-specific purposes, projects funded under the Recovery Act should be designed to further one or more of the general purposes of the Recovery Act, which are to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local tax increases.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.