Introducing Jodi Honeysett, the New Section Manager for OCVA’s Violence Against Women (VAWA) Program

  • September 22, 2021

We are excited to share that Jodi Honeysett (she/her) is the new Section Manager for the Violence Against Women Program (VAWA) within the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. Above is a picture of Jodie wearing her crime fighting uniform.  She states “I don’t really enjoy fighting evil, but it does give me an outlet for all the energy that coffee gives me.” – Jodi Jodi steps into this role with

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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund

  • August 19, 2021

The Crime Victims Fund will soon have additional revenues thanks to the passage of H.R. 1652 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021. This is commonly referred to as the VOCA Fix. President Joe Biden signed the VOCA Fix on July 22, 2021. Passage of the VOCA Fix is a monumental victory for the future of victim services nationally and in Washington

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Courthouse Dogs – an update

  • July 14, 2021

The statewide facility and courthouse dog family is growing! We are pleased that VOCA Child Advocacy Center Initiative funding supports these trained canines who provide compassionate support to child and adult victims and witnesses. This post is an update to a blog post we published in January 2020 about courthouse dogs and the work they do. Not only is it fun to look at pictures of dogs, but OCVA helps

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OCVA 2021 Legislative Wrap-up

  • May 27, 2021

The 2021 Washington state legislative session is in the books! Despite things looking different this year, with most sessions and hearings being held virtually, there are bills that passed that will have a positive impact on crime victims in Washington state. A few of these bills, which specifically impact OCVA, are summarized below. HB 1315 Creating a task force to identify the role of the workplace in helping curb domestic

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Governor Inslee’s Statements Addressing Anti-Asian Violence

  • April 20, 2021

As Gov. Jay Inslee shared in a recent statement, “The tragedy that unfolded in Georgia was another escalation in the disturbing trend of anti-Asian violence in this country. These shootings reflect hate against Asians, against women, and against immigrants. We all have a role in denouncing hatred wherever it reveals itself. We stand in solidarity with all those impacted, including our Asian community members who are suffering in the rise of anti-Asian

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Crime Victim’s Rights Week

  • April 20, 2021

National Crime Victims Rights Week – Zoom Event 10 a.m., April 22 In celebration of National Crime Victims Rights Week, the Department of Commerce’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy, Labor and Industries’ Crime Victims Compensation Program and the Department of Corrections’ Victim Services Program invite you to attend a National Crime Victims Rights Week Zoom Event at 10 a.m., April 22. OCVA’s Managing Director, Rick Torrance, will be emceeing the

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Black History Month Blog Post

  • February 26, 2021

Black women are disproportionately impacted by all forms of violence. In a study conducted by the Black Women’s Blueprint, 40-60% of Black women report being subjected to coercive sexual contact by age 18. 40% of confirmed sex trafficking survivors in the United States are Black. Domestic violence is related to an estimated 51.3% of Black adult female homicides. Black women, particularly Black women survivors of violence, have been at the

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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Funding Reductions

  • January 22, 2021

OCVA is providing an update on federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, as we know many of you may be hearing about reductions in federal VOCA funds through the media and through victim service coalitions. Please keep in mind that there are still many unknowns, but we can share the information we have that may be helpful in your planning. Washington state has experienced three years of significant decreases

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Stop Violence

  • December 16, 2020

Stop Violence sign and purple ribbon By the OFFICE OF CRIME VICTIMS ADVOCACY U.S. victims of intimate partner domestic violence collectively lose 8 million days of paid work each year — the equivalent of more than 32,000 jobs, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. What exactly is domestic violence? Domestic violence isn’t just physical abuse. It also includes emotional abuse, economic abuse, psychological abuse, digital abuse

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Human Trafficking – October 2020

  • November 2, 2020

What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking includes labor and sex trafficking. While many would like to believe this crime does not occur in our communities, it does. Human trafficking is occurring in Washington State and impacts children, youth, adults and families. Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into any (legal or illegal) form of work or service against their will. Human Trafficking

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