Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $280,777)
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 Reno Police Department (RPD) Victim Services Unit (VSU), in Nevada, will serve victims of crime, treating them with respect and dignity while responding to their needs and concerns. VSU services will vary depending on both the type of crime, the victims needs, and the results of a thorough assessment completed by an advocate. VSU will provide direct services including crisis intervention, assessment of needs, safety planning, assistance with victim compensation, informing victims of their rights, housing assistance, transportation assistance, and referrals to long-term support services. CA/NCF