The OVC AI/AN victim assistance program assists communities with developing comprehensive, culturally appropriate victim-centered services, and includes funding to AI/AN communities through both the DOJ Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS): Childrenâs Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (CJA) Purpose Area 6 and the Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance (CTVA) Program Purpose Area 7, and the OVC Vision 21 Community Wellness Centers.
Childrenâs Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (CTAS Purpose Area 6) - The CJA program assists AI/AN communities in developing, establishing, and operating programs to improve the investigation, prosecution, and overall handling of cases of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and severe physical abuse in a manner that increases support for, and lessens additional trauma to, child victims. Grantee sites are tasked with developing, enhancing and sustaining comprehensive victim assistance programs that provide coordinated collaborative multidisciplinary response to child victims, their families, and the community; and provide trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic services.
Comprehensive Tribal Victims Assistance (CTAS Purpose Area 7) - The CTVA program assists AI/AN tribal communities in developing, establishing, and operating programs to serve victims of crime, their families, and the community. Grantee Communities receiving CTVA funding must identify related program focus areas. These may include elder abuse, child abuse, homicide, gang violence, youth violence, trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, battery and assault, identity theft, hate crimes, and/or driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Vision 21 Community Wellness Centers The goal of this program is to meet the holistic needs of crime victims and survivors through the development of a victim-centered Community Wellness framework that extends beyond crisis victim assistance to meet the longer-term, complex needs of victims, survivors, and their families. Grantees will provide services and resources that support recovery from victimization, break cycles of abuse, and support healing for victims and their communities. Victim-centered activities may include traditional healing and other cultural practices; peacekeeping; financial empowerment of victims through education and job training; youth engagement, particularly around interventions to reduce levels of victimization and re-victimization; promotion of physical and emotional wellness; innovative uses of technology; therapy; and programs that promote cultural and community cohesiveness.