Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $720,000)
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.
Lummi nation requested funding to support the Lummi Victims of Crime Program to acquire a comprehensive Lummi Culture Program (LCP) service to fulfill DV clients needs by connecting them with tribal and regional providers of culturally appropriate assistance and support services to promote their security, empowerment, wellbeing and healing process. With this funding, Lummi Nation will: 1) hire a full-time Coordinator position to improve client access to culture services, knowledge and practices; 2) hire a full-time Peer Advocate position to improve client access to culture services, knowledge and practices; 3) purchase a vehicle to assist victims in the community; 4) hire an Elder Advocate/Traditional Healer to assist individuals that are victims to domestic violence, sexual assault or are a victim of crime; 5) purchase a shelter security system and a security fence; and provide client based services and resources such as bus passes, clothing, and training and education.