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Vision 21: Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project

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Date Published
July 2017
2 pages
This Vision 21 report by the U.S. Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) reviews the objectives and participants of the OVC-funded Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project (VSRMP), which will assist American-Indian and Alaska-Native (AI/AN) crime victims in accessing needed crime victim services.
The project's purpose is to develop a web-based tool that will enable AI/AN crime victims and victim service providers to easily access information about critical services to meet needs caused by their victimization. AI/AN crime victims face distinctive barriers for services because of a complicated system of services that includes federal, state, tribal, and private sponsors. The VSRMP provides funding for the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute to create a web-based resource mapping tool that 1) links AI/AN survivors of crime and abuse to services anywhere in the country and 2) helps identify gaps in the network of existing victim services. The VSRMP grantees plan to solicit input from tribal stakeholders regarding the design and content of the mapping tool. The objective is to include services for victims of all ages, all forms of victimization, in any location, and with any victim needs. Phase 1 of the project involves collaborating with stakeholders in identifying existing and needed services. Phase 2 will use stakeholders' feedback to develop an online resource mapping tool and raise awareness of its services.