Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $279,688)
The purpose of this award, funded under the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program for the tribal portion of the OVC FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program, is to develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process including connecting them with community-based direct victim services programs to more quickly and more effectively serve them.
The Winnebago Law Enforcement-Based Victim Services Program project will address gaps in community-based services for victims of crime. The goal of this project is enhance the existing Winnebago Law Enforcement-based victim specialized program to meet the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of victims of crime on the Winnebago Reservation, so that they may become survivors and role models in their community. A Victims of Crime Law Enforcement Officer will be hired and trained to assist victims and their families to more easily connect to coordinated and trauma-informed services through referrals and information on community-based programs, case management, direct/legal advocacy, counseling services, emergency shelter placement, mental health and/or substance abuse services, transportation, and safety planning. The Victims of Crime Law Enforcement Officer will also work in collaboration with Winnebago Human Services, Domestic Violence Program, and the Tribal Court, to draft appropriate victim services policies, provide public educational outreach on available resources, and increase inter-departmental collaboration among service providers.CA/NCF