Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $250,000)
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.
The Office of Research Administration at Drexel University will utilize its award to enhance its National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program (NNHVIP), which is a network of over 15 hospital-based intervention programs nationwide working with young male victims of color from hospital bedside through discharge. The project will provide training and technical assistance for NNHVIP frontline staff to enhance their ability to meet the needs of crime victims, specifically African-American and Latino males, by teaching NNHVIP staff to employ a trauma-informed approach to their work. This training and technical assistance approach will be developed and piloted for use by traditional victim service providers.