This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,000,000)
The Office for Victims of Crimes (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 fields 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 Santa Cruz County Department of Probation will use this award to collaborate with its Youth Violence Prevention Task Force to implement Project Thrive, an initiative aimed at addressing gaps in how they identify, support and serve young men of color that have been harmed by violence. Project Thrive will establish a coordinated countywide trauma-informed system to increase the well-being and quality of life for young Latino and African-American males, ages 16-24, and their families, that reside in the Watsonville, Santa Cruz and Live Oak communities. The project will build community awareness of the impact of trauma and violence, enhance the capacity of county systems to implement evidence-based practices to meet survivor needs, and build local capacity to identify and reach this survivor group through outreach workers, law enforcement based mental health liaisons, and system navigators.
The Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (Vision 21) acknowledges that existing systems often lack the cultural competency and capacity to engage, respond to, and treat male crime victims. Despite disproportionate exposure to crime, male survivors of violence often do not get the help they need to fully recover and to live safe, productive lives. Too often, these survivors are left to cope silently with the harmful effects of trauma, which makes them less likely to heal. In 2015, OVC partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institute of Justice to launch the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (SMSV) to bolster the field's ability to provide effective, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence. The initiative is currently working with 12 demonstration sites across the country to expand services and support for these survivors and their families that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
The Santa Cruz County Probation Department will use this supplemental funding to support Project Thrive, which began two years ago and continues to address gaps in how they identify, support and serve boys and men that survive exposure to violence. This is being accomplished through building a coordinated countywide trauma informed system to increase the wellbeing and quality of life for young men ages 16 to 24 and their families that reside in the areas of Watsonville, Santa Cruz and Live Oak. This system continues to build community awareness of the impact of violence and trauma, the capacity of systems to implement evidence based practices to meet the needs of male survivors, and the community capacity to identify and reach these survivors through street outreach workers, law enforcement agency based mental health liaisons and system navigators.