Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $785,000)
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 New Orleans Family Justice Center, through participation in the 2016 polyvictimization demonstration initiative, demonstrated that co-located centers, when truly trauma-informed, can provide space for a healing community that recognizes and validates the diversity of victimization experience. The FJC will implement an intersectional and holistic vision of healing for the New Orleans community. The NOFJC will implement the assessment tool and utilize the domestic violence empowerment model to find pathways and agency together with clients.