Victims Programs

ADECA's Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division administers grants for victims programs. These awards help fund services for many nonprofit organizations that help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, as well as populations that are identified as previously underserved. Many of these organizations operate emergency shelters, rape crisis centers, counseling centers, crisis telephone hotlines and more.

Grant funding, along with private donations, helps many of these organizations continue offering services at no charge to victims.

Some grant funding also helps specialized law enforcement units that investigate and prosecute domestic violence-related crimes, and other funding helps provide information, education and training.

Click here for a map of domestic violence shelters across the state​.


Click the names below for information on the following victims programs:
Sexual Assault Services Grant Program


Family Violence Prevention and Services Grant Program

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) grant program assists the state in efforts to prevent family violence and provide immediate shelter and related assistance to victims of family violence and their children.

Eligible applicants include local public agencies and private nonprofit organizations. Included in the types of nonprofit agencies eligible for FVPSA funding are religious and charitable organizations and voluntary associations that are dedicated to the prevention of family violence.

FVPSA programs operate on the federal fiscal year calendar of October 1st—September 30th. Applications for this grant program for the upcoming fiscal year are due no later than July 31st. Funding decisions will depend on the availability of funds. Awards are for a 12-month period.

Funds from these awards cannot be used as a direct payment to victims or their dependents.

A funding match of at least 20 percent is required for an existing program.

Beyond availability of funds, factors that govern the funding decisions for these grants include how complete the grant application is upon submission and the need for financial support as demonstrated by the problem statement, project expectations (goals and objectives), project coordination and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.


Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Grant Program

This grant program, established federally by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, helps provide direct assistance to all types of crime victims, with priority going to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault and population areas that were previously underserved. Funding for this program is made up entirely of Federal criminal fines, forfeitures and special assessments – not taxpayer revenues – which, by statute, are to be used exclusively to support victim services.

Eligible applicants include public and private nonprofit organizations that provide services directly to crime victims.

Direct victim assistance services includes crisis intervention and counseling, support groups, therapy/treatment, information and referrals, emergency shelter, hotlines, legal advocacy, support within the criminal justice system, personal advocacy, case management and other related services.

VOCA programs operate on the federal fiscal year calendar of October 1st—September 30th. A Request for Proposals will usually be issued early spring for applicants seeking funding consideration. The Request for Proposals will contain forms and instructions needed to fully complete the application, as well as the regulations and guidelines that each applicant will be required to adhere to should it be awarded a subgrant.  Funding decisions will, in part, depend on the availability of funds. Awards require a 20 percent funding match and are typically for a 12-month period.

No less than 10 percent of each year’s federal grant must be awarded to agencies that serve victims of each of the following types of crime: child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault; and no less than 10 percent to those populations of crime victims that have been identified as previously underserved. These underserved populations are identified in part by the state as victims of rural family violence, victims of elderly abuse, victims with disabilities, victims of racial or ethnic minorities, survivors of homicide and LGBT victims.​


Violence Against Women Act Grant Program

Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, this grant program seeks to develop and implement law enforcement and prosecution strategies to effectively decrease violent crimes against women. Also, these grants help to develop and enhance services provided to the victims of violent crimes.

Eligible applicants include state agencies, public or private nonprofit organizations, units of local governments, Indian tribal governments, nonprofit and nongovernmental victim services programs and legal services programs.

Grant funds are used for multiple purposes, including training law enforcement officers and prosecutors to identify and respond to violent crimes against women; developing, training or expanding specialized law enforcement units; developing and implementing more effective police and prosecution policies, protocols, orders and services specifically dedicated to preventing, identifying and responding to violent crimes against women; developing, installing or expanding data collection and communication systems that link police, prosecutors and courts or identify and track arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions and convictions of violent crimes against women; develping, expanding or strengthening victim service programs, programs that address stalking and programs that address the needs and circumstances of Indian tribes dealing with violent crimes against women.

The STOP programs operate on the calendar year of January 1st - December 31st. Applications for this grant program for the upcoming fiscal year are due no later than October 31st. Funding decisions will depend on the availability of funds. Awards are for a 12-month period.

A 25 percent funding match is required, unless the applicant is a private, nonprofit victim services organization.


Sexual Assault Services Grant Program

Established in 2009, the Sexual Assault Services Grant Program is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and assistance for victims of sexual assault by supporting rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations.

The purpose of SASP is to provide core services, direct intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (i.e., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services and related assistance to:

  • Adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault;
  • Family and household members of such victims and those collaterally affected by the victimization (i.e., friends, coworkers, classmates), except for the perpetrator of such victimization.

Funds provided through the SASP Formula Grant Program are designed to supplement other funding sources directed at addressing sexual assault on the state and territorial level. Grant funds cannot be used to support sexual assault forensic examiner projects or criminal justice activities (e.g., law enforcement, prosecution, courts, or forensic interviews).

Eligible applicants include non-profit, nongovernmental organizations and Indian tribal organizations.

Applicants for SASP funding can be submitted at any time of the year, but funding decisions will be based on the availability of funds and program requirements. 

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