Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,000,000)
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 provide technical assistance to support sites selected 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.
Alliance for HOPE International will provide training and technical assistance (TA) to continue expanding the implementation of hope-centered and trauma-informed healing spaces that are responsive to survivors and staff across implementation sites through four objectives: I) Implementing a trauma-informed and hope-centered Polyvictimization framework in new Centers adopting the Polyvictimization Assessment Tool; II) Expanding the Polyvictimization framework in continuing sites by broadening their scope of service and partners, and increasing capacity for long-term case management; III) Developing networks and connections between new and continuing sites to exchange lessons learned and innovative ideas; and IV) Further developing Centers that support hope and survivor centered approaches to healing and community building. The Alliance will implement the project in collaboration with the Center for Innovations in Trauma Informed Care, the University of Oklahomas Hope Research Center, and Vital Hearts. The Alliance will also be supported by national experts and a Mental Health Advisory Team that will inform and provide guidance to this project. Technical Assistance will be provided through several modalities, including: in-person as well as long-distance learning through video-conferencing, webinars, and conference calls. In-person meetings will build networks of support, cross-training, and documentation of best practices.