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Victim Legal Network of DC

Award Information

Award #
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $427,347)

The Vision 21 Victim Legal Assistance Networks program supports the development of networks that collaboratively provide free, comprehensive, holistic legal assistance to victims to address the range of legal needs that may arise in the wake of victimization. At a minimum, the sites will provide legal services that include civil legal assistance (including, but not limited to, family, custody and dependency, employment, and administrative issues related to the victimization); enforcement of victims' rights in criminal proceedings; assistance for victims of identity theft and financial fraud; and immigration assistance for human trafficking victims and battered immigrant women.

Funding for this first 18-month phase will support extensive planning that includes formation of a steering committee or governing body made up of network partners, conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, development of a detailed implementation plan that includes policies, procedures, and protocols for providing victims with necessary legal services and referrals within the network. Grantees will establish a partnership with a local, external researcher to work with the network to develop and conduct the needs assessment. Grantees also will work closely with the technical assistance provider awarded funding under this program.

With funding under this award, the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services will undertake planning for and development of a citywide comprehensive victim legal assistance network in the District of Columbia.


Findings from OVC’s major, ongoing, strategic-planning initiative, Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services, strongly indicate there is a critical need for comprehensive, wraparound, no-cost legal services for victims of crime. In FY 2014, OVC released the Vision 21 Victim Legal Assistance Networks Program, a multi-year program supporting four agencies that administer Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance funding in the states and the District of Columbia to implement comprehensive, wraparound, pro bono victim legal assistance networks at a statewide, regional, or local level.

With this continuation award, the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) will continue the implementation of the Victim Legal Network of DC,("VLNDC") in order to have a victim-focused legal services continuum that supports holistic, wraparound, pro bono legal services for all crime victims in Washington, DC. The VLNDC will operate a network of legal service providers who can work in partnership with case management, advocacy, housing, crisis services, criminal justice, medical and mental health partners, to deliver high quality civil, criminal, and administrative legal services to the District’s crime victims. By partnering with the Network for Victim Recovery of DC ("NVRDC"), the District will have a provider-driven, and evidence-based multi-disciplinary approach to serve victims’ full array of legal needs.


Date Created: September 12, 2014