Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $270,000)
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.
Under this project the Brockton Police Department will better serve victims of violent crime in Brockton, Massachusets, by supporting them in the immediate aftermath of the crime and ensuring they receive necessary services throughout the criminal justice process. The Brockton Police Department will hire and train a multilingual Victim Specialist to meet with victims in the aftermath of violent crimes to assess their physical, emotional, and psychological needs and provide them with, or refer them to, necessary services and to maintain support and advocacy throughout prosecution of the underlying crime. This project will foster greater communication and collaboration among the citys social service agencies and organizations. CA/NCF