Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $500,000)
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.
OVC's intent for this focus area is twofold--first to analyze victims' legal rights and access to legal and other related services, including victim compensation; and second to analyze victims' needs, primarily based on a survey of victims, and the availability of evidence supported services to respond to these needs. Once the analyses are complete, it is expected that the findings are developed into guidance and broadly disseminated to the field so that responses to these victims may be improved across the Nation.
This will be accomplished by NCVC through a partnership with the National Children's Alliance and the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. This approach would leverage and build upon existing national scope resources and expertise to successfully analyze the legal rights of child pornography victims, their service needs and barriers, evidence-supported interventions, and promising practices for responding to these victims.