Hundreds of victims in Wisconsin, the 36th state to offer the service, have signed up for a Safe at Home program that allows them to conceal their residential address. Survivors have been “cobbling together ways to hide their location,” says a state official.
Children are more deeply affected by crime, both directly and indirectly, than previously realized, according to a sobering new research paper from University of Pennsylvania Law School. Bureaucracy and incompetence stand in the way of help.
The White House also would reroute more than $600 million from the fund to support other priorities. The changes would affect the Crime Victims Fund, the main source of federal assistance for millions of victims of assault, domestic violence, sexual abuse, homicide, and other violent crimes.
The Affordable Care Act has helped crime victims by giving them access to health insurance. If the law is overhauled by Congress, state victim compensation programs may have to pick up the slack, reducing their ability to aid victims in other ways.
Police must confirm that immigrants were crime victims and cooperated with officers before they can petition the federal government for “U visas,” which open a path to citizenship. Some police departments support most such victims, others don’t.
The Justice Department’s Office for Violence Against Women sent Congress a report detailing how it has spent more than $225 million in grants in each of the last three years. The Heritage Foundation has called for the grants to end, saying they have not been scientifically evaluated.