Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,089,271)
The Office for Victims of Crime is committed to enhancing the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. Through the Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation, OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national or nationally replicable scale to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime. OVC will support projects across a variety of technology platforms that could include, but are not limited to: 1) the development of new national app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime, including updating and maintenance for the length of the award; 2) the development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime; or 3) the expansion or enhancement of existing services and/or hotlines on digital, online, or text platforms or an app that uses technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime.
With this award, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education proposes to create an online, mobile friendly resource to enhance and expand access to civil legal information and resources for Arizona victims of crime. The process will use a structured stakeholder collaboration to develop and review content and the technology resource created will be replicable to other jurisdictions. The collaboration and website solution will establish an online portal to support a virtual statewide crime victim self-help center, provide an online resource center, offer information specific to crime victim services and service providers, increase awareness and visibility of services to crime victims, and promote opportunities for the legal community to work with crime victims.