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Crime Victims Fund

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This fact sheet explains the 2010 fiscal report for the Crime Victims Fund.
The Crime Victims Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), is a funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 was a record breaking year for deposits, with $1,745,677,602 going into the Fund. The Fund supports a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives. Fund dollars have always come from offenders convicted of Federal crimes, not from taxpayers, financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars. As of August 2010, the Fund balance had reached over $4 billion and includes deposits from Federal criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalties, and special assessments collected by U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Federal U.S. courts, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal revenues deposited into the Fund also come from gifts, donations, and bequests by private parties, as provided by an amendment to VOCA through the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001 that went into effect in 2002. Primary sources of revenue, fund support for victim services, victim compensation, victim assistance, and discretionary funds are discussed in detail. 2 figures