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Victim Policy Pipeline

Victim Policy Pipeline provided in-depth coverage of policies and legislation affecting crime victims. While this publication has been discontinued you may access past issues below.

Winter 2003 - Final Issue

Feature: Victim Assistance Funding Falls
When the appropriations measures for Fiscal Year 2003 were finalized in February, Congress set a new cap on the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund at $600 million. This makes the fourth consecutive year that the amount of VOCA money available for disbursement has been capped by Congress at amounts ranging from $500 million to $600 million, despite accruals in the VOCA account of over $1 billion. This year, due to a change in the way VOCA funds are distributed, the cap on the VOCA Fund will result in a decrease in victim assistance grants of approximately eight percent.


Winter 2002

Feature: FY 2002 Federal Appropriations: What It Means for Crime Victim Advocates
President Bush signed into law the last of the Fiscal Year 2002 appropriations bills on January 10, 2002. Many of the appropriations acts include provisions of interest to crime victims and advocates. Most crime victimrelated programs received level or slightly increased funding, while several new programs were funded at authorized amounts. 


Summer/Fall 2001

Feature: Congress Responds Quickly to Victims of September 11 Terrorist Attacks
On September 11, 2001, the nation suffered horrific acts of terrorism as hijacked aircraft were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania. As the country began to absorb the enormity of its loss, Congress began work immediately to respond to the thousands of victims of these crimes.


Spring 2001

Feature: Payment of Sexual AssaultForensic Exams
It would be unthinkable for burglary victims to receive a bill for fingerprinting. Equally unimaginable would be charging survivors of homicide for crime scene evidence collection. Victims of sexual assault, however, have historically been burdened with the costs of medical forensic exams performed primarily to gather evidence. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), passed in 1994, included a provision specifically aimed at preventing this practice. 


Winter 2000

Feature: Violence Against Women Act Reauthorized
On October 28, President Clinton signed into law the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2000. This bill is the culmination of years of hard work by many members of Congress and advocates from across the country to reauthorize and expand the programs created under the original VAWA, passed in 1994. The initial proposed reauthorization bills in the 106th Congress (H.R.1248, H.R.357, S.51, S.2787) reauthorized funding for VAWA programs, and included a host of new programs tailored to address previously underserved populations and new areas of concern. 


Campaign 2000: The Presidential Candidate on Crime Victim Issues:

We posed a series of questions to the six leading presidential candidates in 2000. Republican candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush and the campaign of Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore responded. We reprinted their answers verbatim as a service to our readership.