Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $2,000,000)
The goal of the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services (LEV) and Technical Assistance Program is to increase the number of law enforcement agencies with victim service programs and staff available to serve and support crime victims and to provide dedicated technical assistance resources to support these efforts.
Under this award, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will partner with Unified Solutions and the National Crime Victim Law Institute to continue providing dedicated training and technical assistance (TTA) to a growing number of LEV Grantees in departments of various sizes, including tribal agencies. The IACP and its partners have identified three goals to fulfill this purpose: 1) To create opportunities for specialized TTA for LEV Grantees to foster information-sharing and peer-to-peer learning; 2)To promote progress of sustainable program implementation and enhancement for LEV Grantees; and 3) To memorialize the process of technical assistance by continuing to develop publications that provide no-cost technical assistance (TA) to live in perpetuity at the end of this project. The support for sites will be maximized through virtual and in-person TTA. Virtual TTA efforts will be enhanced through the use of an online platform called Higher Logic, which will increase opportunities for information sharing and peer learning among LEV grantees. All LEV grantees will complete an introductory packet related to current victim services programs. IACP and project partners will assign sites into TA Tracks, which will allow for specialized TA delivery and facilitate peer networking.