Victims' Rights Compliance Project
OVC has recently awarded grants to the Oregon Department of Justice and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support the planning, development, and implementation of statewide programs to facilitate compliance with state victims' rights laws. During the first year, the grantees will
- Conduct a needs assessment and obtain the necessary support from stakeholders for the initiative.
- Plan and design a strategy to implement a compliance initiative that involves coordination and collaboration with victim service organizations and state and local criminal justice agencies.
- Review and assess the status of victims' rights implementation in their states.
- Design a tool that can be used to assess the success of the strategy's implementation if continuation funding is awarded.
Each grantee will establish an advisory group at the outset to provide guidance and direction to the project. The project will involve and engage victims, victim service providers, advocacy groups, and criminal justice professionals in the program planning and design processes.
In the second and third years of the project, the grantees will implement their respective strategies, evaluate the effectiveness of their programs and refine them accordingly, design a plan for sustainability of the program, and produce reports documenting the development of the compliance programs to be published in an OVC bulletin.