U.S. Department of Justice: Supporting Victims of Gang Violence
The Supporting Victims of Gang Violence Program seeks proposals from applicant jurisdictions with high levels of gang violence that can demonstrate a willingness and readiness to develop community- and data-driven responses to youth and their families who are victims of gang-related crime and violence. This program supports the efforts of eligible applicant organizations to increase the availability of direct support services for victims of gang-related violence and to develop or enhance the responses to children and youth exposed to gang-related violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Applicants will be expected to provide support services to these youth, improve responses to children exposed to gang-related violence, and enhance public safety in their communities through multidisciplinary team responses.
A responsive project application should consider the following examples:
- Developing and implementing school-based or community-based screening, identification, assessment, and treatment protocols for victims of gang violence
- Developing, expanding, or enhancing school-based or community-based intervention and treatment strategies (that may include a prevention aspect, provided that the primary focus is on assisting victims of gang violence) that create opportunities for victims of gang violence to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment
- Developing, expanding, or enhancing hospital-based violence intervention programs designed to make contact and effectively engage with victims of gang-related violence while they are recovering in the trauma center or hospital, to reduce the chance of retaliation and recurrence
- Funding positions and developing, expanding, or enhancing training for violence interrupters and outreach workers to identify and mediate potentially lethal conflicts in the community; prevent retaliations by working with the victims and friends and family of the victims whenever gang-related violence occurs; and mediate ongoing conflicts by gathering information from the community about ongoing disputes, recent arrests, recent prison releases, and other situations that may lead to further violence or victimization
The activities listed above are included as examples only. Applicants are not limited to submitting proposals for these types of activities. Rather, applicants are encouraged to consider a wide variety of evidence-based solutions to the problem of providing services to victims of
Amount: Approximately $3,200,000 is available to make up to 10 awards ranging up to $320,000 for a period of performance of 36 months.
Eligibility: States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).
Eligible applicants that propose to provide direct services to youth must not include youth who are age 18 or older in the population they will serve.
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