Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $498,145)
In May 2013, OVC released the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report. The Vision 21 initiative examined the current framework of the victim assistance field in the United States. The initiative was the first comprehensive assessment of the field in nearly 15 years. The FY 2015 Vision 21 Innovation Grants: Enhancing and Transforming Services for Victims of Crime solicitation furthers the goals of Vision 21 through eight purpose areas.
Purpose Area 8 is meant to increase the pool of Master Trainers on trauma and sexual assault. OVC would like to increase the available pool of individuals who can provide this training for mental health practitioners, law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and other allied professionals. Applicants should propose to develop an evidence-based train the trainers curriculum on the neurobiology of trauma and deliver this training through a series of workshops, webinars, and other training opportunities.
With this award, the Justice Resource Institute will work closely with OVC and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance (OVC TTAC) staff to identify trauma experts interested in becoming master trainers; pilot the training at multiple sites; and develop a plan to promote the training. The training should cover, but is not limited to, brain circuitry, common reactions to trauma in sexual assault cases, survival reflexes (e.g., tonic immobility), memory, and healing. Training must be evidence-based and reflect state-of-the art research. Deliverables include train-the-trainers curriculum and a plan to pilot that training; identification of expert faculty to deliver the training; and an outreach and dissemination plan to promote the training through OVC TTAC. CA/NCF