Strategies for Implementation
in Response to New Directions
New Directions is
being used to enhance
victims' rights and services across the Nation.
The Office for
Victims of Crime has received input from victim service providers and
allied professionals across the Nation on how they are using New Directions
to chart the future of victims' rights and services. The following overview
provides some examples of the broad range of implementation efforts across
the Nation to respond to the recommendations set forth in New Directions,
and to utilize the vast resources contained within its pages:
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD) will include a book review of New Directions in its special
Millennium MADD ADVOCATE publication in January 2000. This special
article, being sent to each of MADD's 500 chapters nationwide, provides
an overview of the five global challenges of New Directions and
encourages MADD's membership to take an activist role in implementing
the recommendationsincluding the Report's first recommendation:
the passage of a Federal constitutional amendment.
- The National Organization for
Victim Assistance (NOVA) has highlighted New Directions at its
annual North American Victim Assistance Conferences in both 1998 and
1999 by dedicating special New Directions plenary sessions. Leaders
from the field debated and discussed the importance of this historic
document, and challenged NOVA's membership to take decisive action to
implement New Directions recommendations in their States and
- The National Association of
Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB) conducted a special plenary
session and breakout discussions on New Directions at their annual
national conference in the fall of 1998. Discussions focused on reviewing
the recommendations for crime victim compensation and discussing priorities
for State program policy or legislative change. In addition, NACVCB
also featured New Directions in the Association's national newsletter
to its membership.
- New Directions has already
found a home in the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board's
recently revised law enforcement statewide training curriculum to include
information contained in the Law Enforcement chapter of New Directions.
- Based upon many of the recommendations
in New Directions, the Victim Services 2000 project in Medina,
Ohio, a comprehensive, communitywide victim assistance initiative, has
prioritized its missions and goals for victim services in the 21st century
and has expanded its advisory board to include nontraditional victim
- Recognizing the wealth of information
contained within New Directions, the Senior and Disabled Services
Division of the Abuse Prevention Program in Salem, Oregon, has encouraged
elder-issue multidisciplinary teams across the State to use New Directions
as the central resource tool in defining and enhancing victim services
to their elder client populations.
- The Wisconsin Department of
Justice Training and Standards Bureau has placed several New Directions
training recommendations before its Advisory Board for adoption into
its current training curriculum.
- The South Bay Regional Public
Safety Training Consortium in San Jose, California, has found New
Directions to be a useful, comprehensive resource tool in curriculum
development and in drafting speeches and press releases to increase
public awareness about victim-related issues.
- The University of Texas at Austin
and the Texas School of Social Work have applied the information contained
in New Directions in two important ways to enhance the training
of professionals who will come into contact with crime victims. First,
in response to New Directions, both the University of Texas at
Austin and NASW/Texas School of Social Work have included findings from
New Directions in their respective educational curricula. Second,
New Directions has been utilized as the primary resource guide
for defining both schools' planning objectives, especially in the areas
of education and mental health.
- Many agencies, organizations,
and academic institutions are utilizing New Directions in curricula
development. For example, the National Victim Assistance Academy relied
extensively on the research, recommendations, and promising practices
cited throughout New Directions in its comprehensive update of
the Academy text in 1999. With the ability to access the contents of
New Directions via the Internet, inclusion of this state-of-the-art
information is readily available for academicians, policymakers, researchers,
curriculum developers, and writers.
- The Texas Office of the Attorney
General has assumed a primary role in implementing New Directions
recommendations statewide. The Attorney General's State agency Task
Force on Victim Services has adopted the field's recommendations set
forth in Chapter Six of New Directions (Victim Assistance) as
its road map for defining and implementing statewide victim services.
Additionally, the Attorney General's Office is distributing New Directions
statewide at State coalitions, conferences and other criminal justice
working groups as the model for victim assistance in the 21st century.
- The State of Vermont is using
New Directions to enact change and promote the need for comprehensive
victim services statewide. First, hundreds of copies of New Directions
have been distributed to criminal justice agencies statewide with a
strong endorsement from the Vermont Victim Services 2000 initiative,
a comprehensive, communitywide victim assistance project, to review,
adopt, and replicate recommendations and strategies drawn from New
Directions. Policymakers around the State have been sent copies
of New Directions Bulletins to heighten their awareness of the
need for the criminal and juvenile justice community to better respond
to crime victims. Vermont Victim Services 2000 also has used New
Directions as its primary planning tool to draft the Vermont Plan
for Comprehensive Services to Victims of Crime.
- Strategies and recommendations
found in the New Directions chapter on the Business Community
are being used by Victim Services Agency in New York City to form critical
partnerships between private business and public/private organizations
to increase community efforts to assist crime victims.
- The Department of Criminology
at California State University-Fresno is using New Directions
as a textbook for its course on public policy and victims' rights in
its Victims Services Summer Institute Certificate Program.
- New Directions is being
offered by many victim services trainers across the Nation as a comprehensive,
state-of-the-art, free resource for many diverse audiences.
from the Field:
Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st