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Vision 21 Transforming Victim services: final report

Author(s) U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
Title Vision 21 Transforming Victim Services: Final report
Source Office for Victims of Crime, USA, May 2013
Date 2013
Document type Research report
Coverage USA

Summary This report outlines a comprehensive vision for the provision of crime assistance in the United States in the 21 st Century. Discussions were facilitated by the Office for Victims of Crime across the United States around defining the role of victim assistance, building capacity, and identifying and addressing issues in the field. Five main themes are identified in the report: the need to expand the knowledge base for victim support through research and program evaluation; meeting the holistic legal needs of crime victims; reaching all victims; using technology in the digital age; and building capacity to assist all victims. Challenges are acknowledged in each area as well as identifying certain innovative practices, such as the Crime Victims' Legal Assistance Project and the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Centre. The final chapter of the report contains detailed recommendations to turn the vision into a reality. For example, one recommendation is to ensure that strategic planning is continuous and not episodic. Another recommendation is that support for building capacity and infrastructure is provided at state and local levels, including flexible assistance and funding.
Keywords Victims support; future; capacity; assistance; technology
Topic Service delivery