Strategies for Implementation
Victim Service Providers Can Do
To Assist in Nationwide Implementation
of New Directions
with Justice Agencies to:
- Identify upcoming State and
local criminal justice- and allied professional-related training events
and conferences, and notify conference organizers of the availability
of presenters to conduct a New Directions workshop or training
session. Include relevant sections of the New Directions Implementation
Guide to emphasize the importance of including a New Directions
workshop or training session as part of the conference agenda.
with State Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrator to:
- Consider hosting a meeting of
community VOCA grant subrecipients to review and develop implementation
strategies for New Directions as the State develops or revises its plan
for distribution of Federal VOCA funding at the State level.
with the Health Community to:
- Request time on local hospitals'
Board of Director's monthly or quarterly meeting agendas to outline
the critical role that health care providers play in the continuum of
victim services, and stress adoption of New Directions recommendations
within the health care community.
with the Mental Health Community to:
- Request that members of the
mental health community (State or county mental health associations)
explore key mental health issues raised in New Directions, such
as issues concerning confidentiality. Encourage mental health associations
to incorporate the New Directions Chapter 8 on the Mental
Health Community into their professional continuing education programs.
(For information about how to order copies of the Mental Health Community
Bulletin, see the section entitled Overview
of Guide & New Directions Resources.)
with the Business Community to:
- Request presentation time during
the chamber of commerce and community civic organizations' monthly meetings
to discuss the importance of the business community in addressing violence,
and adopting New Directions recommendations for the establishment of
uniform policies and procedures in preventing and responding to workplace
violence and victimization.
- Ask the business community to
provide, where appropriate, financial sponsorship of some of the activities
listed in this Implementation Guide. For example, the business
community can be approached to help sponsor a community forum. (See
the section of this Guide entitled Suggested
Events To Promote New Directions.)
with the Faith Community to:
- Arrange a meeting with members
of the community's Interfaith Council to discuss the adoption and implementation
of New Directions recommendations within the faith community's overall
missions and goals.
with the Education Community to:
- Reserve space on local county
boards of education and local college and university Departments of
Criminal Justice advisory boards' monthly meeting agendas to discuss
the important need to implement New Directions recommendations for the
with the Legal Community to:
- Host a New Directions informational
forum on Law Day (May 1) for members of the State or county bar association
to highlight the key role that attorneys in the private sector play
in enhancing victims' legal options.
with the News Media to:
- Sponsor a morning breakfast
for members of the local news media to increase their awareness of victims'
needs to be treated with sensitivity and dignity, as well as the important
role the media play in increasing the community's understanding of violence
and victimization based on recommendations contained in New Directions.
- Arrange a meeting with local
newspaper editorial boards to discuss New Directions recommendations
for community involvement in meeting the needs of crime victims in the
wake of community violence. (See the section of this Implementation
Guide entitled Getting the Word Out About
New Directions for a sample opinion/editorial column.)
- Contact local cable access channels
and propose a program format that highlights crime in the community,
the need for supportive victim services, and how the community can better
respond to crime victims and crime prevention based on recommendations
found in New Directions.
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