MADD relies on Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to help serve drunk driving victims; last year, MADD served over 63,000 drunk and drugged driving victims at no charge—one person every eight minutes.
But in recent years we’ve seen the amount of funds available for crime victims diminish. State victim assistance grants are 30 percent less in real dollars than the grants in the year 2000, and according to Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), 630,000 fewer crime victims received VOCA-funded assistance in 2012 than in 2007.
Reps. Jim Costa and Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Crime Victims Caucus, just introduced H.R. 2238, which would exempt the Crime Victims Fund from sequestration, helping to preserve the amount of money available to fund victim services.
VOCA funding is critical to help us achieve our mission of serving victims of drunk driving, and we’re counting your support.