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.
Ohio becomes the second state to offer a network of support services to victims of violent crime, including sexual assault and human trafficking, in a partnership between hospitals and victim services agencies. Attorney General Mike DeWine announces a $2.6 million grant divided among five agencies.
Police can play a greater role in assisting trauma victims even when they are conducting information-gathering interviews, according to a Norwegian study of youths who witnessed the July 2011 attacks at a summer camp and government building which killed 77.
Advocates and law enforcement are trying to intervene earlier with girls and get them the help many desperately need. Some 850 girls aged 17 and under were violent crime victims in Chicago in this year’s first eight months.