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.
The Family Justice Center Sonoma County will expand its trauma-informed, holistic service delivery to more effectively meet the needs of polyvictims. The FJCSC is a one-stop port of entry for victims of family and community violence to access services provided by multidisciplinary partner agencies. Through the proposed project, the District Attorneys Office and 25 partner agencies will provide holistic services that use a hope theory approach to mitigate complex trauma and reduce the risk of future victimization. Navigators will begin providing long-term case management, supporting polyvictim clients to identify their long-term goals and potential pathways to get there. The FJCSC and its network of partners will expand the practices, protocols and services developed during the demonstration initiative to promote the health and well-being of vulnerable polyvictim clients.