Bipartisan Party Platforms

April 28, 2008

For at least the past three Presidential elections, both political parties have included provisions supporting rights and services for crime victim in their party platforms. This year, a working group of national victim advocates have drafted language for a proposed bipartisan crime victims’ plank for use in both party platforms. The language is intended to address the broad key issues of adequate funding, enforcement of rights and national leadership. This is not meant to be a laundry list of individual legislative proposals and does not preclude additional consideration of planks that address specific victim-related issues, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, etc.

Click here for:Bipartisan Crime Victims Platform


Important VOCA Survey, NCVRW Resource Guide and NCVRW Action Kit Now Available Online, and VAWA Briefing Book

January 14, 2008

Dear Friends:

GBPackersAs you can guess, I had a FANTASTIC weekend with my beloved Green Bay Packers headed to the NFC Playoffs next week, at Lambeau in the “frozen tundra!” We went from two years of “faith-based football” to an amazing “dream team,” and I couldn’t be prouder! FOUR MISSIVES THIS WEEK, and DO please take time to complete the VOCA survey!:

The OVC National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide is now available online at In addition, APPRISS (provider of the VINE and SAVIN services) has produced a NCVRW Action Kit with an emphasis on automated victim notification. You can download this Kit at

IMPORTANT VOCA ACTION ALERT: The FY08 appropriations omnibus bill passed by Congress and signed by the President REDUCED VOCA spending to $590 million. This will mean an estimated 11 percent cut in VOCA Assistance grants to the states (we are hosting a VOCA Briefing on the Hill on February 8th to address this concern!). The National Center for Victims of Crime and its partners are gathering information to share with policymakers about the real world effect of this drastic cut. Please help us by taking a few minutes today to complete our survey. While we request that each agency or organization only complete the survey one time, additional comments by other staff are welcome. Send your additional comments to NCVC’s Public Policy Department at: with the subject line “VOCA.” The survey, which should only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete, is available at PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SURVEYS WE RECEIVE – YOUR INPUT AND THAT OF ALL FOLKS WHO RECEIVE VOCA FUNDING ARE TRULY APPRECIATED!

Your national policy leaders are currently updating the VAWA Appropriations Briefing Book, and MMM will keep you posted when this is available. You may want to check out the most recent version to get up to speed on key funding issues related to VAWA:



Another Constitutional Attack??

January 2, 2008

“It’s definitely a breach of the First Amendment rights, the Constitution and everything else,” Holder said during a phone interview. “What is happening toView » the American dream? To life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I was born and raised in the United States.” — Joey Holder, owner of Valley Girls, Rio Grande Valley, TX

flagWhat could this latest threat to our liberties be? Warrantless wiretaps? More Guantanamo detainees? Another raid on the Crime Victims Fund?

Nope, it’s the latest idea in funding sexual assault programs in Texas…a $5 tax on strip clubs, dubbed, “The Pole Tax.” Expected to raise some $40 million for sexual assault programs, the fee went into effect on Jan. 1 and is being challenged by bar owners, saying there is no relationship between nude bars and rape [Topless bar owners: Don’t strip us of our rights, The Monitor].