Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $500,000)
Activating Change proposes to implement the Increasing Services for Victims of Crimes Committed by Personal Care Attendants project as part of OVC’s FY 2023 Field-Generated Solicitation: Increasing Options and Expanding Access for Victims of Crime (O-OVC-2023-171714). The purpose is to increase options and access to services for victims of crimes committed by paid personal care attendants throughout the service area of United States. Project activities include: conducting a field scan to better understand the current response, gaps in services, and opportunities related to serving victims of crime committed by paid personal care attendants; assembling a Steering Committee to inform and guide the project, including people with disabilities who have lived experience; creating working groups with relevant professional and lived experience to focus on key elements of the project; developing, piloting, and finalizing an online response protocols and practices guide; marketing and distributing the online response protocols and practices guide; providing technical assistance; and creating a final evaluation report. The resources created by this project will include an online practice guide, response protocols, and supplemental resources for victim service providers on how to respond to people with disabilities who experienced crimes committed by paid personal car attendants, as well as a final process evaluation report on whether the project achieved its goals. Expected outcomes include victim service providers having clear guidance and increased capacity on how best to serve and support people with disabilities who have experience crimes committed by personal are attendants, and people with disabilities having increased options and access to victim services. People with disabilities, including people of color with disabilities, are the intended beneficiaries of the project.