DRW’s Victim Advocacy Program Faces VOCA Funding Cuts in Upcoming Year

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Did you know that Disability Rights Wisconsin and dozens of organizations across Wisconsin are facing Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding cuts in the coming year?

Today, we are celebrating the passage of Wisconsin Act 241. Thanks to this action by the legislature and Governor Evers, domestic violence and sexual assault programs across the state will have access to $10 million in funding to support critical services for survivors. Unfortunately, this funding will not cover the entire gap in VOCA funding, including the grant program which funds DRW’s Victim Advocacy Program. We will have to think about changes to services and programs so we can continue to support as many victims of crimes with disabilities as we can while we look for new sources of funding.

Hear Nadya Rosen, Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Victim Advocacy Program Managing Attorney, discuss how this funding cut will impact our work supporting survivors of violence who have disabilities in this Wisconsin Public Radio story by Hope Kirwan: “Groups serving marginalized communities may be left out of state funding for crime victims“.

Read Disability Rights Wisconsin’s full press release on the signing of Wisconsin Act 241 here.