Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $260,039)
Through the FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victims Services and Technical Assistance Program, OVC seeks to support projects that will develop or enhance and sustain direct victim assistance service programs within law enforcement-based systems and better coordinate partnerships with community-based programs to serve the broader needs and rights of all crime victims. Funding under this program will support direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim service programs.
With this award, Central Point Police Department in Central Point, Oregon will engage the services of a full-time victim advocate to work at the Jackson Countys advocacy organization, Community Works. The victim advocate will primarily provide services to Central Point victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking, in addition to other victims. Victims in Central Point will be referred to the advocate by law enforcement after police involvement, by self-referrals, and from other advocates within Community Works.