Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $718,910)
OVCs mission is to enhance the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing policies and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC achieves this mission, in part, by administering competitive award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund to develop innovative training, technical assistance, and direct service projects designed to improve the overall quality of services delivered to crime victims.
The overall goal of Tribal Victim Service program is to provide support to Indian tribes to improve services for victims of crime. Under this program, funding supports a range of activities including needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities to address the victim service needs of tribes.
The Forest County Potawatomi Community Tribe requested funding to expand and enhance the current Community Advocate Program (CAP) to result in a more comprehensive, in-depth provision of services to victims of crime and their children, particularly victims of drug-related/family violence crimes. With this funding, the Forest County Potawatomi Community will: 1) hire a full-time Social Worker and Community Advocate to provide of victim services to Tribal members and their families; 2) hire two part-time Family Case manager to perform a variety of services that directly support the Community Advocate duties, with specific services directed toward victim transportation, especially for children who are victims of crime; 3) provide emergency vouchers to assist victims immediate short-term needs in emergency situations; 4) purchase a vehicle; and 5) provide a camp for youth victims of crime.