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Building Victim Assistance Networks With Faith Communities: Lessons Learned by the Vermont Victim Services 2000 Project
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The Need for Collaboration
Victim Needs From a Faith-Based Perspective
Elements of Collaboration
Lessons Learned
Issues Unique to Faith-Based Victim Assistance
Supplementary Materials
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Faith Based Victim Assistance Organizations
April 2007

NCJ 215201

About This E-Publication

In 1998, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) outlined recommendations for outreach to the faith community in the bulletin New Directions from the Field: Victims Rights and Services for the 21st Century. Victim Services 2000 (VS 2000), a multiyear demonstration project sponsored and funded by OVC, later used these recommendations to organize a 5-year initiative to improve victim services in Vermont and Denver, Colorado.

This e-publication summarizes the approaches used by VS 2000 staff in Vermont to implement these recommendations. The publication also analyzes the processes used to establish the program, offers lessons learned, describes best practices, and recommends specific steps for partnering with the faith community. (Note: Information about the VS 2000 effort in Denver is not included in this publication. For more information about the Denver initiative, see Denver Victim Services 2000 Needs Assessment and Learning About Victims of Crime: A Training Model for Victim Service Providers and Allied Professionals.)

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Alberto R. Gonzales
Attorney General

Regina B. Schofield
Assistant Attorney General

John W. Gillis
Director, Office for Victims of Crime

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Preparation of this document was supported by grant number 98-VF-GX-K003 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Office for Victims of Crime is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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