Tribal Victim Assistance Program
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2003, OVC decided to increase funding for the
Victim Assistance in Indian Country (VAIC) Discretionary Grant Program
to $2.5 million, rename the program the Tribal Victim Assistance
(TVA) Discretionary Grant Program, and invite all federally recognized
tribes in the United States to participate in it. Under VAIC, only
tribes under federal criminal jurisdiction were eligible to apply.
However, under TVA, OVC intends to award approximately $500,000 in
support of projects that provide direct services to victims at up
to eight tribes not under federal criminal jurisdiction. These projects
include court accompaniment, advocacy, compensation assistance, emergency
funds, counseling, crisis intervention, and training for law enforcement.
The programs address the needs of unserved and underserved victims,
particularly those victimized by child abuse, homicide, elder abuse,
gang violence, and drunk driving. OVC is committed to providing TVA
grantees with ongoing training and technical assistance support such
as leadership programs, technical assistance to support the long-term
sustainability of programs, and mentoring between tribes. For more
details, visit the TVA
Training and Technical Assistance Project Web site.