Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $242,386)
The National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance, and Demonstration Projects Program addresses demonstrated gaps in training or technical assistance or in the knowledge base of victim service practitioners nationwide. The aim of the program is to enhance the provision of services and support to crime victims to further ensure that all victims are afforded the rights to which they are due. All initiatives are national in scope and focus on improving the capacity of victim service providers and allied practitioners in advancing rights and services for crime victims in the areas of child pornography; drunk and impaired driving; mortgage fraud; sexual assault within correctional settings; coordinated state-tribal crime victim services; long-term mental health and other consequences of mass violence; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) crime victims access to mainstream victim services; services for young male victims of color; or using technology to improve and enhance victim services.
MADD will develop and facilitate a specialized training institute to increase competent service delivery to underserved victim groups nationwide. They will implement a 20 hour training institute for each year of the project to enhance the knowledge base of the unique needs and issues of these populations, develop and implement a volunteer management component with the training institute, and develop strategic community outreach plans specific to the unique needs of each population. Phase one will focus on victims of drugged driving, Hispanic victims, volunteer development, and trauma. Phases two and three will be completed in continuation years.