Federal and State Funding Information
Federal Funding Sources
Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA)
FVPSA provides federal funding to all states. The Council uses this funding to finance domestic violence programs throughout Alaska. All programs receiving these grant funds provide shelter or related assistance to domestic violence victims and their children. The programs operate shelter facilities that are staffed around the clock and provide a full spectrum of services including basic food and immediate shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy. More information on FVPSA.
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Administered by the Dept. of Justice Office of Victims of Crime, VOCA funds provide financial support to state and local agencies that offer services to crime victims. This fund is a U.S. Treasury account generated entirely by the fines and penalties levied against criminals convicted of federal crimes. As such, the amount available in this fund can vary greatly from year to year. The Council awards the majority of this funding directly to programs that provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. More information on VOCA.
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women Grants
S.T.O.P. (Services • Training • Officers • Prosecutors) Grant
VAWA STOP grants serve to improve the national response to domestic violence and sexual assault by combining a series of federal sanctions and initiatives as well as national, state, and local resources to improve the response to crimes against women. S.T.O.P. funds are committed to four specific areas: prosecution, law enforcement, victim service, and courts. S.T.O.P. is awarded to all states and territories through a federal formula that uses a base amount plus a consideration for population. Activities funded under this grant are described on pages 11-12. More information on VAWA.
Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Grant (RDVCV)
The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child victimization by supporting projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural jurisdictions. In FY 2009, this grant funded projects in five rural areas of the state. More information on RDVCV.
Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (SVSEP)
The Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) provides an opportunity for communities to support the supervised visitation and safe exchange of children in situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. Studies have shown that the risk of violence is often greater for victims of domestic violence and their children after separation from an abusive situation. Visitation and exchange services provided through the Supervised Visitation Program exhibit a clear understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; the impact of domestic violence on children; and the importance of holding offenders accountable for their actions. More information on SVSEP.
State Funding Sources
Department of Health and Social Services
In FY2009, the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) provided funds to the Council for Sexual Assault Prevention activities. These funds were from the federal Sexual Assault Prevention (SAP) and Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grants. The majority of these grants fund education programs delivered in schools by victim service programs in Anchorage and Juneau.
Department of Corrections
Department of Corrections (DOC) contributes funds to the Council to administer the Batterer Intervention and the Prison Batterer Programs.
Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD)
Incarcerated felons and qualifying misdemeanants forfeit PFDs to the state. The state allocates these funds to the Council for victim services, the Office of Victim Rights, the Violent Crimes Compensation Board and the Department of Corrections for programs.
Alaska General Fund
General funds comprise a portion of the budget; they are used to support victim service programs and Council administration.