Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $723,236)
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, the City of Jacksonville Sheriffs Office will enhance its existing victim assistance program by hiring two full-time victim advocates to provide coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary, and trauma-informed services to all identifiable victims of crime, their families, and the community. This will enhance existing partnerships with local service providers, develop strategies to respond to needs that are currently unmet, and ensure the provision of evidence-based services to victims of crime. CA/NCF