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Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Framework [website]   [open html - 17KB]

"The Vision 21 initiative is the first comprehensive assessment of the victim assistance field in nearly 15 years. In response to the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (The Report), $12.5 million has been allocated in the congressional Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, to address the recommendations in The Report. Opportunity for Real Change in Victim Services: For the first time, OVC [Office for Victims of Crime] will be able to provide operational funding to organizations that serve victims of crime at the national level, as well as American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are victimized abroad and on cruise ships. A portion of OVC's Vision 21 funding will support services and infrastructure to ensure victim assistance is provided to American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims. OVC will also offer state VOCA [Victims of Crime Act] administering agencies two competitive funding opportunities to support: Technology that can upgrade data reporting systems, make services to victims more accessible, support electronic case management, streamline the administrative burden on service providers, and increase their access to online evidence-based training; and Holistic legal assistance for all crime victims through the wraparound network model pioneered by OVC in Fiscal Year 2012, as well as a separate solicitation for a legal assistance technical assistance provider."

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