Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $189,915)
The FY 19 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program seeks to enrich language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization. Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations to address the needs of victims of crime who are blind, visually impaired, limted English proficient (LEP), Deaf or hard-of hearing.
The Domestic Violence Program, Inc. will enhance language access services to individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other related crimes. The project will provide victim advocacy and critical counseling services to crime victims in Rutherford County, Tennessee over a two year period. The project will also engage a committee including staff, and board members to develop and implement a Language Access Plan, develop printed materials, provide bilingual counseling services, and provide training to staff and community partners to improve the community response to crime victims in linguistically specific communities.