New publication from Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): “State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison Demonstration Program: Tribal Outreach To Establish Trust and Increase Awareness of Victim Services.”
A Funding Opportunity Yields Results
In recognition of the high levels of violence experienced by Oklahoma’s large AI communities, coupled with the scarcity of services provided to the state’s AI victims and the lack of available resources, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, Victim Services Division, competitively applied for and received an Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) grant to provide outreach to AI victims in Oklahoma.
This 3-year project—through which the Victim Services Division supported a State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison—provided outreach to Oklahoma AI victims regarding tribal victim assistance, grant opportunities, and crime victim compensation, with markedly positive results that have continued beyond the end of the outreach project. Results include—
1. increased awareness of victim services funding available to AI communities in Oklahoma, including the establishment of tribal roundtables that are held six times annually.
2. a 567-percent increase in the number of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance funding applications from tribes in Oklahoma (from 3 in 2008 to 20 in 2016).
3. a 750-percent increase in approved victim services grant applications from tribes in Oklahoma (from 2 in 2008 to 17 in 2016).
4. a 6,473-percent increase in funding for services for AI victims in Oklahoma (from $37,788 in 2008 to the equivalent of $2,395,625 in 2016).
This Oklahoma District Attorneys Council: State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison Demonstration Program Report discusses the activities of the Tribal Outreach Liaison to increase awareness of available victim services in the state, and explains how these efforts to engage tribes can serve as a model for states with a large proportion of AI communities in need of improved access to victim services.