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The Victim and Witness Advocacy Fund (VWAF) was created by law to support services to victims and witnesses of crime. "Victim" means a person who suffers personal, physical or psychological injury or death or incurs loss of or injury to personal or real property as a result of a crime; or as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving another person's driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or as a result of a bias incident, domestic violence or a motor vehicle violation involving a fatality. "Witness" is described as a person who suffers trauma as a result of witnessing a crime or a motor vehicle accident involving another person's driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or a bias incident, domestic violence or a motor vehicle violation involving a fatality.

VWAF revenue is generated by assessments levied on offenders at sentencing. State law mandates that the Victim and Witness Advocacy Fund supports the statewide victim assistance program in the State and 21 County Prosecutors' Offices of Victim-Witness Advocacy. All law enforcement agencies in the state, including the County Prosecutors' Offices and the Division of Criminal Justice, are bound by the Attorney General Standards to Ensure the Rights of Crime Victims which outlines mandatory services for crime victims. The majority of these services are provided through the State and County Offices of Victim-Witness Advocacy.

Rules and Regulations
Funds distributed through the New Jersey Victim Assistance Grant program will be administered in a manner consistent with appropriate federal and state guidelines (VOCA: Federal Register, April 22, 1997; VWAF: New Jersey Register, December 20, 1998).

The Division of Criminal Justice reserves the right to decline any application for grant funding and to award subgrants in amounts that may be other than requested. Incomplete applications or applications received after a given published application deadline will not be considered.

 

 

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