Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $200,000)
The purpose of this program is to enhance services to crime victims in linguistically specific communities by breaking down barriers that prevent millions of Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and limited English proficient (LEP) crime victims from accessing services after crime victimization. Organizations funded through this program will deliver victim-centered and trauma informed services to crime victims in linguistically-specific communities and expand the capacity to address the language access and service needs of all crime victims.
With this award, US Together, Inc. will address an existing gap in crime victim services and resources within linguistically specific communities in Columbus, Ohio. Victims needs will be met through the coordination of care provided via case management by a holistic multidisciplinary team model. This project will work to remove language barriers to accessing services; address trauma-related barriers to accessing services; ensure the rights of crime victims; and reduce stigma and negative attitudes to victims of crime in ethnic communities. US Together (UST) will provide comprehensive interpreting services for LEP victims of all types of crime served by UST and community partners in Columbus. Other services, including civil legal assistance on issues related to victimization, counseling, support groups, and other services will be provided by UST and their community partners including The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. Services will be available in all major languages of Columbus LEP communities, and will be delivered face-to-face, via phone or video, in regularly scheduled and unscheduled intervals. Interpreting services will be available 24/7/365, after hours, and during crisis intervention.