Collaborative Response to Crime Victims in Urban Areas
Through a cooperative agreement with the Maryland Crime Victims
Resource Center (MCVRC), OVC is supporting the development of networks
of faith-based and victim service programs in five urban communities—St.
Paul, Minnesota; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland;
Concord, California; and Nashville, Tennessee. MCVRC is continuing
the work of the Stephanie Roper Foundation, which was created in
1982 as a victim service organization. MCVRC has shifted the focus
of the organization's mission from direct services to training
and technical assistance, legal advocacy, and outreach to low-income
victims. Under the project, each site will strengthen partnerships
between faith institutions and victim assistance programs to maximize
the faith community's involvement in supporting victims. MCVRC
serves as the conduit of funding and provides technical assistance
for the pilot sites, which began their 3-year projects in June 2003.
For more information, visit MCVRC's
Web site or call 3019520063.