Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $235,841)
The purpose of this award, funded under the OVC FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program, is to develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process including connecting them with community-based direct victim services programs to more quickly and more effectively serve them.
The Montgomery County Sheriffs Office currently has one Crime Victims Assistance Coordinator tasked with prioritizing which victims can be helped, and then triaging their available resources according to their need. Under this project, the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office will add additional staff to assist the current crime victims assistance coordinator. The additional crime victim assistance coordinator position will assist in reducing and/or alleviating trauma and victimization while protecting the rights of victims. The objectives of the project are to: increase the timeliness of assistance to victims; increase preliminary contact with victims; liaise a greater number of victims with the criminal justice system; increase the ability to provide emergency assistance as needed; and assist in emergency protective order applications when required or requested. Additional benefits of the project will include better coordination with outside organizations, social services and law enforcement agencies to provide a network of services and resources that directly assist crime victims.