The National Center works to advance laws and policies that create resources and secure rights and protections for victims at the federal and state levels.
Our 2013-2014 policy priorities include:
Resources for Victims of Crime
The National Center is working to protect federal funding for crime victims in the budget processes. Read our update.
The National Center is working to protect the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund and increase disbursements to help crime victim’s organizations. Find out more about VOCA. See the 10 Things You Should Know About VOCA.
Crime Victims' Rights
The National Center supports meaningful rights for crime victims in the criminal, juvenile, civil, and administrative justice systems.
One area of focus has been improving the collection of crime victim restitution. This is an important issue to the National Center and we will continue to support measures to ensure victim restitution. Access our restitution toolkit.
Federal Crime Victims' Rights
The National Center supports efforts to strengthen the rights of federal victims of crime. Read our testimony regarding needed improvements and our letter supporting the Justice for All Act reauthorization.
Maximizing the use of DNA for Justice
The National Center also supports increased use of DNA evidence and increased funding for such efforts. The Justice for All Act reauthorization, mentioned above, includes such important funding.
The National Center is also part of the Rape Kit Action Project (RKAP), a collaboration with Natasha’s Justice Projec, and the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN). We have joined forces to address our nation’s untested sexual assault kit (SAK) problem by promoting laws that ensure unsubmitted rape kits are accounted for and analyzed and new rape kits are sent for testing in an expeditious manner.
We have also developed a sample law, “Sexual Assault Survivors DNA Justice Act,” and a section-by-section analysis. These materials are intended as resources for jurisdictions looking to reform laws relating to DNA evidence and protections for victims of sexual assault.
For more on the use of DNA for victim justice, visit our DNA Resource Center.
Emerging Issues and Underserved Crime Victims
The National Center is committed to improving our nation's response to underserved crime victims, including those with disabilities, those who are homeless, immigrant victims, victims in tribal communities, and others.
Read our report, Why It Matters: Rethinking Victim Assistance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Victims.
Read our full 2013-2014 Policy Agenda.