Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $500,000)
OVCs mission is to enhance the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing policies and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC achieves this mission, in part, by administering competitive award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund to develop innovative training, technical assistance, and direct service projects designed to improve the overall quality of services delivered to crime victims.
The overall goal of Tribal Victim Service program is to provide support to Indian tribes to improve services for victims of crime. Under this program, funding supports a range of activities including needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities to address the victim service needs of tribes.
With this award, the Pueblo of Jemez will continue an existing victim services program that serves victims of all crime types. In addition to providing direct services to victims such as safety planning, court accompaniment, referrals, etc., they will focus on reviewing and updating MDT policies, facilitate incorporation of trauma informed protocols across service networks, develop an intra-agency training plan, and enhance culturally relevant outreach activities targeting hard to reach victims of child abuse and neglect, elder or vulnerable adult abuse, assault and battery, or hate crimes. With this new funding, Pueblo of Jemez will pay salary, benefits, travel, and supplies for a 1.0 FTE Victim Services Coordinator, a 0.50 FTE Social Services Caseworker, and a 0.50 FTE Outreach Specialist. It will also pay a portion of program utilities and a small amount for a consultant that will assist with victimization related outreach events/conferences.