The Missouri Department of Social Services is asking for YOUR feedback!

Victims of Crime Act Funds are in need of Public Comments!

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is committed to serving Missouri victims of crime through the administration of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. The primary purpose of this grant is to support crime victim service agencies and state and local units of government in the provision of direct services to victims of crime.

The assistance provided through VOCA grants includes the following comprehensive services: 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, emergency shelter, crisis intervention, court advocacy, emergency transportation, emergency legal assistance, transitional housing, and other services to promote emotional and physical health of victims.

DSS has awarded 2019 VOCA funds to 131 contractors and two training/technical assistance providers.

A limited amount of funding remains available for allocation from the 2019 grant award.

This information provides a summary of VOCA funds awarded for the Nov. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2021 contract cycle, by county and by program area. It includes the amount of grant awarded to agencies based on the type of services (Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Underserved, Sexual Assault) provided for award allocations from 2017-2019 funds. Crime statistic data is also available at the county level.

The VOCA grant guidelines require that a minimum of 10% of the total funds for each year be distributed for services to each of the following four types of crime victims: domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and underserved. The current program area allocations are detailed in the chart below.

Comments will be accepted through 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Comments and questions should be directed to



The Alliance of Southwest Missouri
1601 S. Wall Avenue
Joplin, Missouri 64804

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