Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $450,000)
The purpose of this award, funded under the OVC FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program, is to develop or enhance and sustain crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies and better coordinate services to victims to more quickly and more effectively serve the victim assistance and compensation needs of all crime victims and inform them of their rights as crime victims.
The City of Newport News, Virginia Police Department (NNPD) will hire a Law Enforcement Victim (LEV) Specialist. The NNPD LEV Specialist will work with key NNPD subject matter experts to develop internal NNPD guidelines for victim services and external outreach materials (printed and via social media at the start of the grant period) about domestic violence prevention, victims rights, and victim assistance services in Newport News. The project will provide additional crime scene clean up and emergency temporary housing services for crime victims. Additionally, this project will support community-based mental health counseling, health care, childcare, and other emotional and financial services. CA/NCF