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Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program (LEV Program)

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,250,000)

The Office for Victims of Crime is committed to enhancing the nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

Funding under this award will support the provision of technical assistance(e.g., through the use of webinars, publications, videos, in-service training modules, toolkits, best practice materials, and sample policies), for law enforcement agencies funded under the FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program (LEV Program) to enhance trauma-informed, victim-centered services. The TA component is also intended to assist grantees with the development or enhancement of LEV Program protocols and guidelines.

With this award, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc., will create four Technical Assistance Tracks to address the collective needs of the Law-Enforcement-Based Direct Victims Services (LEV) direct service programs funded under Purpose Area 1 that fall into 4 categories: 1) New Programs; 2) Enhanced Programs—Expansion of Victimization Service Provision; 3) Enhanced Programs—Expansion of Service Delivery Mode; and 4) Tribal Programs Implementation and Enhancement. The support for sites will be maximized through virtual coordination and training. In addition, IACP will provide 8 LEV Purpose Area 1 Grantees with in-person site visits to augment virtual training assistance efforts. In addition, IACP will develop individualized Technical Assistance Plans and provide regular support through virtual trainings and meetings for each of the funded grantees. Through the comprehensive review of gathered material and the production of periodic topic-specific resources, IACP will create two comprehensive companion guides. Additionally, IACP will develop and disseminate topic-specific resources (based on the collected and reviewed material) every 6 months in collaboration with project partners. Each LEV grantee will have a Victims’ Rights Jurisdiction Profile developed and distilled into QuickSheets that will allow for quick understanding of the grantees’ particular legal landscapes and how victims’ rights law impacts law enforcement’s work. Through collaboration with project partners, regular feedback on the process of delivering and receiving technical assistance will be incorporated into this national TA project.
Conference Activity Description: Any training costs included in the budget of the recommended application are part of the technical assistance to be provided as outlined in the funding application. OJP Cost Conference Approval processed will be followed when applicable, as detailed in the solicitation.


The goal of OVC's Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services (LEV) and Technical Assistance Program is to increase the number of law enforcement agencies with victim service programs and staff available to serve and support crime victims and to provide dedicated technical assistance resources to support these efforts.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will use this supplemental award to continue providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to FY 2018 LEV Grantees and begin providing dedicated TTA supports to additional LEV Grantees funded by OVC in FY 2019. The IACP has identified three goals to fulfill this purpose: 1) To create opportunities for specialized TTA for LEV Grantees to foster information-sharing and peer-to-peer learning among FY19 LEV Grantees and between FY18 LEV and FY19 LEV Grantees; 2) To promote progress of sustainable program implementation and enhancement for LEV Grantees; and 3) To memorialize the process of technical assistance and develop publications to provide no-cost technical assistance (TA) to live in perpetuity at the end of this project. The support for sites will be maximized through virtual and in-person TTA. All LEV grantees will complete an introductory packet related to current victim services programs. IACP and project partners will assign sites into TA Tracks, which will allow for specialized TA delivery and facilitate peer networking.


Date Created: September 29, 2018