Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $702,000)
Through the FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victims Services and Technical Assistance Program, OVC seeks to support projects that will develop or enhance and sustain direct victim assistance service programs within law enforcement-based systems and better coordinate partnerships with community-based programs to serve the broader needs and rights of all crime victims. Funding under this program will support direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim service programs.
With this award, the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office will establish a Victim Services Unit comprised of a Victim Assistance Lead Advocate, a Coordinated Community Response Team Coordinator, and two Victim Advocates that will establish a collaborative partnership with One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center to serve the broader needs and rights of crime victims within Jefferson County. In addition, Jefferson County Sheriffs Office will educate its employees on trauma and the effects of trauma on victims of crime, and lead other law enforcement departments within Jefferson County to implement victim-centered best practices by making victim-centered practices a priority within its department.