BUREAU OF ADVOCACY AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT
The bureau provides regional victim advocacy and appellate notification to victims of crime, crisis response training and coordination, and administers the address confidentiality program and the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance grant program. As part of the outreach and clearinghouse functions, the bureau maintains a directory of victim service providers (which may be accessed at http://myfloridalegal.com/directory), publishes the Victim Advocate Reference Guide, and maintains the Adult and Child Sexual Assault Protocols: Initial Forensic Physical Examination 2007.
Address Confidentiality Program
Pursuant to §741.401 through §741.465, F.S., the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) provides a substitute mailing address for relocated victims of domestic violence, with this office serving as legal agent for receipt of mail and service of process.
VOCA Assistance Grants
The federal VOCA assistance grant program offers funding to local community providers for use in responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after their victimization, helping victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, and providing victims with a measure of safety and security.
2014/2015 VOCA Grants:
Documents needed by current year subgrantee programs to comply with the VOCA 2014-2015 grant reimbursement requirements may be accessed by clicking here.
Announcement of VOCA Funding Availability for 2015-2016:
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is pleased to announce the anticipated availability of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice. The purpose of VOCA grant funds is to support the provision of services to victims of crime. Services are defined as those efforts that respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assist victims of crime to stabilize their lives after victimization, assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, and provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security. Eligibility to apply for VOCA funds is limited to victim assistance programs administered by state or local government agencies or not-for-profit corporations registered in Florida, or a combination thereof. The funding cycle for the VOCA grant funds under this notice is October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016.
Organizations may participate in the annual competitive grant process which involves submission of an application followed by an application review. The VOCA grant application may be accessed here.
The deadline for applying for a VOCA grant under this notice is no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 27, 2015. Faxed or electronic submission of the application or required documentation is not acceptable.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week--April 19–25, 2015
Attorney General Pam Bondi is pleased to announce the opening of the 2014 Special Tribute Award Nominations. This office sponsors special activities focusing on victims and the many compassionate individuals who provide services to this population. One of the highlights of the week is a ceremony at the Capitol where special tribute is made to a distinguished criminal justice officer and a victim advocate. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, February 27, 2015. Click here for the Nomination Form.