Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $350,000)
Through the OVC FY 2017 Action Partnerships for National Membership, Professional Affiliation, and Community Service Organizations: Post-Conviction Services to Victims of Crime solicitation, OVC will support grantees who are developing and delivering training and resources that address the crime victims' needs and gaps in services during the post-conviction period. Grantees will seek to remedy these gaps through online or in person training, technical assistance, conferences, regional forums, and/or video resources.
The National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections doing business as the National Association of Victim Assistance in Corrections (NAVAC) will seek to improve and increase access and services available for victims of crime after the offender is sent to prison through a national-scope project that will develop and disseminate a comprehensive web-based \"Best Practices in Post-Conviction Victim Services Toolkit\". The primary audience will be victim service providers based in corrections and parole/releasing authority agencies who are responsible for serving victims of prison-incarcerated offenders and victims of offenders on parole or community supervision status after release. The applicant proposes to conduct a gap assessment of prison-related post-conviction victim services nationally and provide a report on the findings, create and pilot the toolkit to assess what revisions might be needed in three states selected by competitive RFP to receive technical assistance in implementing the toolkit (including site visits), and produce a final toolkit on a nationally accessible web portal. NAVAC will to collaborate on this initiative with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, American Correctional Association Victims Committee, American Probation and Parole Association Victims Committee, Association of Paroling Authorities International Victims Committee, National Institute of Corrections, and national and site-specific victim service programs and coalitions.