U.S. Department of Justice: Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program
The Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program (LEV Program) aims to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies to develop or enhance, and sustain a comprehensive victim assistance program that provides services to all identifiable victims of crime, their families, and the community that are coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary, and trauma-informed. The purpose of the program is to develop or enhance and sustain direct victim assistance programs within law enforcement agencies and to better coordinate partnerships with community-based programs to serve the broader needs and rights of all crime victims. These coordinated efforts will help to link resources and connect the law enforcement-based victim services providers to other community-based providers so that a comprehensive service delivery approach can be offered to victims entering the criminal justice system. Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to the needs of victims through the development of collaborative partnerships.
Funding will be awarded through two purpose areas:
Purpose Area 1 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Program: Grantees will use program funds to hire victim service providers with demonstrated or professional experience in responding to the rights and needs of victims of crime. Successful applicants will ensure that the development or enhancement of their law enforcement-based victim service program adheres to the Model Program Standards for Victim Services by using grant funds, as necessary, to develop written guidelines describing:
- Victim-service program mission, goals, and objectives
- Timing, availability, and duration of services, including addressing victim/survivor crisis situations; procedures for addressing imminent danger, stalking, and intimidation of victims/survivors; and information for victim/survivors on initial contact and throughout service delivery
- Methods for maintaining geographic accessibility of services and accessibility over time, including accessibility of services to people with disabilities
- Policy on nondiscrimination in service provision
- Procedures for assessing safety, security, and maintenance of service premises
- Procedures for communication and collaboration with other providers
The objective of Purpose Area 1 is to support law enforcement agencies in building partnerships with community programs to deliver victim services that:
- Respond to the emotional, psychological, and/or physical needs of crime victims, and offer referrals to other community resources to help meet these needs
- Assist victims as they stabilize their lives after victimization
- Assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, and be aware of their rights as a victim of crime, and how to exercise those rights
- Restore a measure of security and safety for the victim
- Address other allowable victim needs identified by the grantee
Purpose Area 2 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Technical Assistance: One national-scope training and technical assistance award will be made. The goal of this TA project is to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement victim services to establish sustainable changes in practices, protocols, and policies, as they relate to implementing, enhancing or expanding direct LEV Program victim services and forming effective community-based partnerships to better address the rights and needs of all victims of crime.
Amount: Purpose Area 1 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Program will award a total of 40 grants will be awarded across four categories:
- Small (less than 50,000 residents, non-federal departments employing less than 100 full-time sworn officers): Awards of up to $92,000 per year over 3 years with a maximum of up to $276,000
- Medium (50,000–500,000 residents, non-federal departments employing less than 100 full-time sworn officers): Awards of up to $150,000 per year over 3 years with a maximum of up to $450,000
- Large (more than 500,000 residents, non-federal departments employing 100 or more full-time sworn officers): Awards of up to $275,000 per year over 3 years with the maximum of up to $825,000
- Tribal (defined as federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions): 10 awards of up to $200,000 per year over 3 years with the maximum of up $600,000
Purpose Area 2 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Technical Assistance will make one award of up to $2,250,000.
- Purpose Area 1 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Program: Limited to public law enforcement agencies or federally recognized Indian tribal governments with arrest powers that perform law enforcement functions from small, mid-sized, or large jurisdictions. Viable sites within the Public Safety Partnership, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims are particularly invited to apply.
- Purpose Area 2 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Technical Assistance Program: Limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations); for-profit organizations; colleges or universities (including tribal institutions of higher education); and tribal governments, or tribal organizations. Applicants must have the staff resources and capability to develop or enhance a model for delivery of these technical assistance services. A nonprofit organization does not need to have 501(c)(3) status.
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