Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $800,000)
The purpose of this award, funded under the OVC FY 2019 Field-Generated Program to Improve Services for Victims of Crime, will support an innovative, field-generated approach to address gaps in the availability of resources for crime victims. This award is made under Purpose Area 1: Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Tribal Crime Victim Services. Awards made under this purpose area will support broader programs that have the potential to impact victim services for multiple tribes.
The Alaska Native Womens Resource Center (AKNWRC) will use this award to develop and enhance victim service programs delivered by Alaska Native tribes that are both culturally derived and compliant with the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). The project will expand the ongoing development of Alaska Native culturally specific training and technical assistance, strengthen village-based responses increasing victim safety, increase victim compensation resources to aid in the healing and impact of victimization. Technical assistance provided will address the unique challenges that Alaska Tribes experience when responding to crimes such as assault, robbery, elder abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, sex trafficking, child sexual abuse and other crimes against people and property. AKNWRC will focus on strengths and resources within the tribal villages to foster community engagement and nurture healing opportunities and possibilities to maximize local/village problem-solving to develop and enhance crime victim services including outreach.