Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $200,000)
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 National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) will utilize its award to implement the Tips and Tools for Mortgage Fraud Victims Campaign to inform victims and educate victim service providers, attorneys, and state/local government officials of the many types of crimes, frauds and schemes associated with mortgage fraud and how to best serve its victims. The campaign will feature a strong online presence and a set of tools to educate victim service providers about mortgage fraud and enhance their ability to identify and respond to mortgage fraud victims. An array of tools, including a Mortgage Fraud Toolkit, will be developed and used to educate victims and the field on the many facets of mortgage fraud. NCPC will also conduct training for victim service providers, both in person and through use of webinars, to improve their knowledge of mortgage fraud.