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Vision 21 Accomplishments

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Date Published
July 2016
2 pages
Publication Series
This report reviews the accomplishments of Vision 21:Transforming Victim Services Initiative (Vision 21), which was funded by the U.S. Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) as a means of examining the current framework of the victim assistance field in the United States and exploring new and existing challenges facing the field.
Vision 21 projects began in 2010 and continued for just over 18 months. The accomplishments of these projects served to expand the evidence base of the crime-victim assistance field by funding Bureau of Justice Statistics' efforts to expand victim-related data collection, funding to the National Institute of Justice for key research and evaluation initiatives in victim needs and services, program evaluation of key initiatives, and the expansion of performance metrics for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Victim Assistance and Compensation programs. Vision 21 also achieved capacity building through discretionary funding to support victims in tribal communities, support the technology infrastructure needs of State compensation programs, support State victim assistance training and technical assistance, expand legal assistance to victims, and collaborate with the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense in building capacity to serve victims of sexual assault. Vision 21 projects also produced innovation that equipped the field to meet the demands of the 21st century through advanced technology initiatives, broadening the vision of the victim assistance field, and revision of VOCA to provide more clarity and flexibility in VOCA State administering agencies.

Date Published: July 1, 2016