This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $997,966)
The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (Vision 21) envisions that all crime victims in the 21st century can readily access a seamless continuum of evidence-based services and support that will allow them to begin physical, emotional, and financial recovery. However, Vision 21 recognizes there are serious challenges to achieving this goal. Improving the fields understanding of violence and trauma and their effects on survivors are among these challenges. To this end, OVC collaborated with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to release the FY 15 Supporting Male Survivors of Violence solicitation. The solicitation sought to enhance the services available to male survivors of violence, particularly boys and men of color, and their families, by funding demonstration projects that put in place evidence-based models and practices to provide trauma-informed, comprehensive services and supporting policies for these survivors and their families. OVC and OJJDP used this solicitation to competitively select 12 demonstration sites from across the country to meet this need.
The Boston Medical Center will use this award to enhance its Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP). During the three year project period, VIAP will collaborate with seven key partners to conduct an in-depth gap analysis using focus groups, mapping of program processes and community resources, and key survivor interviews. The results of the gap analysis will be used to fill unmet program needs of male survivors of violence and their families. The project will also work to address two previously identified unmet needs: 1) resources to help male survivors find employment and housing; and, 2) expanded use of trauma-informed care that recognizes and addresses the symptoms of trauma beyond behavioral health settings.
The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (Vision 21) acknowledges that existing systems often lack the cultural competency and capacity to engage, respond to, and treat male crime victims. Despite disproportionate exposure to crime, male survivors of violence often do not get the help they need to fully recover and to live safe, productive lives. Too often, these survivors are left to cope silently with the harmful effects of trauma, which makes them less likely to heal. In 2015, OVC partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institute of Justice to launch the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (SMSV) to bolster the fields ability to provide effective, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence. The initiative is currently working with 12 demonstration sites across the country to expand services and support for these survivors and their families that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
The Boston Medical Center will use this $660,000 FY 17 supplemental award to continue its Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), a hospital-based program that provides trauma-informed services to male crime victims that are violently injured. During the three year project period, VIAP will continue to collaborate with seven key partners to help these survivors find employment and housing. The project will also continue to expand the use of trauma-informed care that recognizes and addresses the symptoms of trauma beyond behavioral health settings.