VOCA Funding Cut Information

Last July the funding available to Illinois rape crisis centers through the Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA) was cut by 49%. VOCA uses non-taxpayer money from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) for programs that serve victims of crime. Nationally, these funds support services for over 6 million victims of all types of crimes annually through 6,462 direct service organizations, including Resilience.

In the current FY24 appropriations bills, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) is funded at $1.353 billion, which will constitute a roughly $630 million cut to VOCA grants compared to FY 23.

This is a hard-won $153 million over the initial funding levels in the proposed President’s Budget and earlier versions of the House and Senate budgets ($1.2 billion). Even though the funding level is woefully short of our $1.9 billion level-funding request, it does reflect your stalwart advocacy.

How will these cuts impact Resilience?

Resilience only received $510,000 in VOCA funding for FY24 compared to $1,035,000 which we received the previous year.  We anticipate FY25 VOCA funding to remain at the same level. Leaving us with a $571,737 funding deficit.

Since FY23, Resilience has eliminated 2 full time advocates and 2 full time trauma therapist positions, we have closed our satellite office in Ravenswood and suspended 24-hour services in the emergency room of 2 partner hospitals.

This year our advocacy, trauma therapy and prevention education services were all wait-listed for months at a time.

How will this impact survivors?

Since these cuts went into effect last summer, direct services to survivors like 24-hour medical advocacy, legal advocacy, crisis intervention, and ongoing counseling or trauma therapy have been significantly impacted.

Resilience has had to freeze multiple positions, temporarily halt some survivor resources, close one of our office spaces, and create longer waitlists due to fewer advocates and therapists available to provide support, information and options in the aftermath of sexual violence. These equals hundreds of survivors this year who will not get the support and resources they desperately need.

Call to Action

We need your help today to ensure that we can keep our services in operation and free for survivors and their loved ones. 

  1. Please contact your state and federal legislators and let them know you care about this issue. Find your lawmakers here and ask them to increase funding for sexual assault services. Share this call to action on your own social media.
  2. Support the current ask for 20 million in Illinois State General Revenue funding. For more information on these asks, visit here.
  3. Share information about the cuts to Resilience’s funding in your own networks. Please click here to access talking points.
  4. Are you interested in sharing how rape crisis services made a difference in your healing? Make an ask to your Illinois state legislator to increase General Revenue funding for sexual assault services by $20 million and discuss the impact of these funding cuts. A sample letter can be found here; feel free to personalize it!
  5. Donate directly to Resilience today – any and every amount counts to help us help survivors in this time of need!
  6. Encourage others in your community and network to donate to Resilience today.

We will continue to provide our community and stakeholders with more information as it becomes available to us. In the meantime, we thank you for your support and solidarity during this time. No matter what comes, we will remain steadfast and united in our mission to support survivors of sexual violence.

Please contact Sarah Layden at slayden@ourresilience.org for more information and ways you can support Resilience.

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