Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $850,000)
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing policies and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. The project funded under this program will build on the lessons learned from the FY 2016 FJC Polyvictimization Demonstration Initiative to implement the validated assessment tool; increase partnerships with traditional and non-traditional FJC services to serve identified polyvictims more holistically; expand case management services to include a thorough understanding of the specific needs of the survivors; and build capacity to leverage existing and new resources for crime victims.
Oklahoma City Family Justice Center is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary service model where professionals from 30 different agencies come together under one roof to provide coordinated services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking. OKCFJC will implement the validated assessment tool according to best practices as identified by OVC. OKCFJC is a client-centered facility focused on survivor empowerment and minimizing re-victimization, and will implement the tool using innovative technologies that facilitate ease of communication for client and facilitate documentation by the case manager. OKCFJC will work to increase partnerships with traditional and non-traditional FJC services to serve identified polyvictims more holistically. Finally, OKCFJC will further build capacity within the Oklahoma City metro area and leverage existing and new resources for crime victims by continuing to provide outreach and education and engage schools, faith communities, non-traditional service providers, holistic healing providers, and private therapists and attorneys.