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KC Violence and Trauma Response Network

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $993,616)

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 sought 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 Kansas City Health Department will use this award to create the Kansas City Violence and Trauma Response Network (the Network), to provide services and support to young men of color, age 13-24, that have been harmed by violence and live in police beats 331 and 332 (Sector 330). During the three year project period, the Network will improve efforts to identify and respond to male survivors of violence, expand access to quality services and support for this survivor group, and work to improve social norms regarding violence in these troubled communities. The Network will follow the Rapid Assessment Response and evaluation model to expand current evidence-based programs through activities that are locally relevant and address community engaged research findings.


Date Created: September 29, 2015