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Safe Streets Supporting Male Survivors of Violence

Award Information

Award #
2015-VF-GX-K034
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2015
Total funding (to date)
$2,319,564

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $999,564)

The Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (Vision 21) envisions that “all crime victims in the 21st century can readily access a seamless continuum of evidence-based services and support that will allow them to begin physical, emotional, and financial recovery.” However, Vision 21 recognizes there are serious challenges to achieving this goal. Improving the field’s understanding of violence and trauma and their effects on survivors are among these challenges. To this end, OVC collaborated with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to release the FY 15 Supporting Male Survivors of Violence solicitation. The solicitation seeks to enhance the services available to male survivors of violence, particularly boys and men of color, and their families, by funding demonstration projects that put in place evidence-based models and practices to provide trauma-informed, comprehensive services and supporting policies for these survivors and their families. OVC and OJJDP used this solicitation to competitively select 12 demonstration sites from across the country to meet this need.

The Baltimore City Health Department's Office of Youth Violence Prevention will work in partnership with the Baltimore Chaplaincy Program, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, a training consultant, Safe Streets Baltimore, and community representatives to expand existing services available through the Safe Streets Baltimore program to more effectively reach male survivors of violence and their families. During the three-year project period, these partners will convene a planning group to develop a culturally-relevant, trauma-informed curriculum for survivors, establish a standardized and multidisciplinary shooting response protocol, and implement a plan to increase public awareness of the effects of trauma and victimization.

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Date Created: September 29, 2015