Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $500,000)
This program will implement projects that enhance services for older victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This program is intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This award, made to Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), funded under OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation program, is designed to support communities in providing services to older victims of abuse and exploitation. The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) proposes to increase its capacity to provide direct service to elder abuse and financial exploitation victims by implementing the Districts Older Victim Services (DOVS) Project. NVRDC expects to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation in the District of Columbia through provision of direct services (including crisis response, case management, and legal services) as well as resources for service providers and criminal justice stakeholders, and participation in program reporting to help benefit the field nationally, as well as inform future plans in DC, which is home to 85,395 people aged 65+,1 8,500 of which may experience abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. NVRDCs mission is to empower victims of all crimes to achieve survivor-defined justice through a collaborative continuum of free, holistic case management, advocacy, and legal support. Collaboration is at the heart of NVRDCs model and as such, it hosts the Victim Legal Network of DC and the Districts Collaborative Training and Response for Older Victims (DC TROV), a multidisciplinary team, which works to improve collaboration and referrals.