Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $500,000)
The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) will advance the short- and long-term sustainability of hospital-based victim services by providing tailored and comprehensive technical assistance and training to the AHVS grantee sites. This Technical Assistance Project will enhance services to victims by strengthening the infrastructure and quality of hospital-based programs. The HAVI will provide an array of technical assistance resources with an emphasis on programmatic capacity-building, detailed evaluation plans, data-driven outcomes, trauma-informed and healing-centered care, cultural responsiveness, racial equity and strategic partnerships. The HAVI will facilitate peer learning communities across the sites, OVC, and its expansive US network of hospital-based violence intervention programs, focusing on key content areas including: workforce development; mental health; research and evaluation; policy; law enforcement; and empowering the frontline of Violence Prevention Professionals (VPPs). Leadership development for VPPs and narrative change about violent victimization will benefit victims and lead to systems transformation. The HAVI will provide training to VPPs to increase their skills and capacity to respond to the complex needs of victims, and to supervisors of VPPs to promote the professional development and advancement of frontline staff. Hospital-based victims services will receive expert consultation to develop robust sustainability plans. The HAVI will generate model policies and guidance documents, disseminate information about best practices, foster cross-sector collaboration and share the innovative learning from this project to bolster and expand the field of victim services.