Federal Funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was just cut by 40%

Contact Your Elected Officials to #SaveVOCA

Learn more about VOCA:

Read through our letter to the Rhode Island General Assembly to learn more about why VOCA funding is so critical to local direct service agencies.

Find your elected officials:

Look up your State Representative and State Senator by your location, and find their direct contact information.

And use this script to call/email them, or write your own!

Hello, my name is ( ___) from (city). I’m calling in support of House Bill 8320 to put $2 million dollars in the state budget to provide life-saving emergency funding due to federal cuts to VOCA. Please include this funding in the state budget. We can’t leave victims across Rhode Island without support services.

Hello Rep/Senator, my name is ( ___) from (city), Rhode Island. I care about victim services in my state and community [optional: share a personal story if you are safe and comfortable doing so].

Massive federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) cuts have left Rhode Island with a nearly $2 million dollar gap in victim services funding, risking an interruption of life-saving services impacting tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders. Cuts to victim services impact all of us.

I’m writing to ask for your support of House Resolution 8320 to use a small percentage of the state’s budget surplus to provide the life-saving emergency funding due to federal cuts to VOCA. Can I count on your support of Rhode Island’s victims of crime?

Photos from our “protect rI Victim Services” Advocacy Day