Victim Witness Services would not be able to continue to operate and do the essential work that we do without our funders and supporters. We receive support from a number of community members and agencies, and want to express our deepest gratitude for helping us work toward our mission.
The Department of Justice, Crime Victims Fund was established by the Federal Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) and serves as a major funding source for victim services throughout the country. Each year, millions of dollars are deposited into this fund from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalty fees, and special assessments collected by the US Attorney’s Offices, US Courts, and the Bureau of Prisons. These dollars all come from offenders convicted of federal crimes.
In 1985, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) was designated as the administrator of the state’s VOCA Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for governmental and non-profit agencies that provide direct services to crime victims. These funds are not awarded to private individuals.
The County provides much needed funds and in-kind support to Victim Witness Services. Coconino County is the second largest county in the United States; it spans over 18,661 square miles, and is one of the most sparsely populated counties. In 2013, an estimated 136,539 people lived in Coconino, with 68,667 residing in Flagstaff. Roughly 50% of Coconino residents live in rural conditions. Rural communities face unique barriers that are compounded during a moment of victimization. There is significant poverty, limited political voice, geographical and social isolation, complicated jurisdictions, less access to technology, transportation limitations, lack of social infrastructure, and “small town talk”.
VWS is subcontracted by the Coconino County Attorney’s Office to manage the Crime Victim Compensation Program for Coconino County. VWS advocates works with its clients to properly complete applications and obtain necessary supporting documentation. In FY 2013-2014 over 100 victims received victim compensation services.
Arizona Department of Health Services
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) receives funds through the Office of Violence Against Women to primarily provide counseling and court accompaniment services in rural counties. The target population includes adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of such victims, and those collaterally affected by the victimization, except for the perpetrator. Collaterally affected (secondary victims) are children, siblings, spouses or intimate partners, grandparents, other affected relatives, friends and neighbors. Secondary victims do not need to be connected with a primary victim who is receiving services.
City of Flagstaff
The 24/7 Crisis Response Mobile Advocacy Team responded to nearly 400 crisis calls FY 14/15. That number is up from 197 in FY 12/13. Thanks to the Flagstaff Police Department for the implementation of new practices and protocols that ensure all victims of crime and crisis receive services- we are reaching more people!
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission is a statutorily authorized entity mandated to carry out various coordinating, monitoring and reporting functions regarding the administration and management of criminal justice programs in Arizona.
United Way of Northern Arizona
UWNA is a local nonprofit organization that brings our community together and focuses resources on the most critical human-care needs in Northern Arizona. Although UWNA is part of the network of United Ways across our country, they are governed by a local volunteer board of directors. They have partnerships with government, business, the faith community, education, nonprofits and individuals.
Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff
Founded in 1987, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff secures, manages, and allocates donor gifts for charitable purposes in northern Arizona, working to improve the quality of life for all residents.
UniSource Energy Services
UES is committed to generously investing in the communities where its employees work and live.
Office for Victims of Crime
The OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.
Individuals contribute nearly $50,000 each year to support Victim Witness Services for Coconino County. We simply could not provide holistic, wrap-around services for our clients without individual community members' support.