The Victims of Crime Act, commonly known as VOCA, is U.S. federal government legislation aimed at helping the victims of crime through means other than punishment of the criminal. It established the Crime Victim’s Fund, which today sets aside over $3 billion for victim assistance grants.
Which states offer the most VOCA Victim Assistance grants? How have total funding amounts changed over the last few years? Based on data from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA), here are the states with the most VOCA funding available:
- California – $397 million
- Texas – $284 million
- Florida – $211 million
- New York – $199 million
- Pennsylvania – $128 million
California leads the way with nearly $400 million in funding. Texas takes the #2 spot, with $284 million. Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania round out the top five with $211 million, $199 million, and $129 million respectively. These are also the top five states by population.
On the other side of the equation, the states with the lowest amount of money for VOCA Victim Assistance grants are:
- South Dakota – $9.2 million
- North Dakota – $8.1 million
- Alaska – $7.9 million
- Vermont – $6.7 million
- Wyoming – $6.3 million
Again, these line up one-to-one with state population levels.
In examining all 50 states, the VOCA Victim Assistance grant amounts line up fairly closely by state population. But it’s not an exact match. Arkansas, for example, is the 33rd largest state by population, but ranks 32nd in VOCA funding amounts.
It’s also interesting to examine the increase in VOCA Victim Assistance grants over time. Between 2011 and 2018, the total amount of funding across all US states increased 708%! But which US states saw the greatest increases in funding?
- Texas – 812% increase
- Florida – 800% increase
- California – 758% increase
- North Carolina – 755% increase
- Washington – 755% increase
Check out the NAVAA website for access to the full Victim Assistance grant report.