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Crime Victim Assistance Division

Victim Services Support

The Victim Services Support Program administers grant funds that provide partial funding to local and statewide crime victim service programs in Iowa.

  • Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Funds are awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.  The funds come entirely from fines and penalties assessed against convicted federal criminals.
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA or VW) Funds are awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.  Congress appropriates the funds annually.
  • Federal Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Grant (FVP&SA) Funds are awarded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families.  Congress appropriates the funds annually.
  • Federal Sexual Abuse Services Program Funds are awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.  Congress appropriates the funds annually.
  • Iowa’s Domestic Abuse (DA) and Sexual Abuse (SA) Funds are appropriated by the Iowa General Assembly annually. 

Grant Application and Review Process

When grant funds become available from the state or federal government, a press notice is issued statewide. Requests for proposals (RFP) are sent to all interested applicants and victim service providers currently receiving funds from the CVAD.

The submitted proposals are reviewed and evaluated by a volunteer grant review committee. The committee is made up of persons with expertise in victim services, grant management, and public policy.

The review committee and CVAD staff submit their recommendations for funding to the Crime Victim Assistance Board.  The Board determines final grant awards to the extent funds are available and to the extent the applicants meet eligibility criteria.

Click here for more information on grant eligibility, required grant certificates, and required grant reports.

The Iowa Domestic Abuse Hotline and Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline are funded by the State of Iowa through the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse Funds:

Iowa Domestic Abuse Hotline:   1-800-942-0333 

Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline:       1-800-284-7821 

Contact Information

To obtain additional information, call the toll-free number or email our Victim Services Support Program Administrator Donna Phillips.

Iowa Attorney General’s Office
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone:             515-281-5044
Toll-Free:         800-373-5044
FAX:                515-281-8199

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