The National Center for Victims of Crime serves as a victim-services related training and technical assistance provider. This website provides resources for Project Safe Neighborhood teams, organizations seeking to address Complex Homicide cases, and other entities wanting to learn more about crime victims' and survivors' needs and experiences and reduce violent crime.
MISSION & HISTORY.
The mission of the National Center (National Center) is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.
We are a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.
The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.
AMPLIFYING VICTIMS' NEEDS AND EXPERIENCES.
Through collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center:
Advocates for stronger rights, protections, and services for crime survivors
Provides education, training, and evaluation
Serves as a trusted source of current information on crime survivors' issues
WHAT IS TTA?
Training and technical assistance (TTA) is the process of providing support to an organization or group with a development-related need or problem. Training (T) teaches key concepts related to a specific topic and may remain the same across the board. It is delivered via in-person or virtual session(s). Technical assistance (TA) is usually more targeted and tailored to a particular organization or group's unique contextual factors. TA may be delivered via facilitation of experts, strategic planning assistance, research and data analysis, and curriculum development.
Learn more about the National Center's TTA process and priorities here.
WHAT ARE OUR TTA PROGRAMS?
PSN is a Department of Justice initiative that began in 2001 to reduce violent crime nationwide by utilizing evidence-based methods, and it consists of approximately 100 districts, which are led by U.S. Attorney offices and may include local law enforcement, judiciary, nonprofit and other local components. The foundation of PSN strategy includes utilizing community-based, targeted, and comprehensive programs to address violent crime problems.
The PSN TTA program supports U.S. Attorneys across the nation in implementing their PSN initiatives. The TTA program consists of three partner organizations including the National Center for Victims of Crime (the National Center), Michigan State University, and CNA Institute for Public Research.
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The Complex Homicide project aims to identify promising victim-centered and trauma-informed responses and evidence-based practices that can be implemented through partnerships between law enforcement and victim service providers to address the needs of families and communities in complex homicide cases. This project supports the enhancement of multidisciplinary interventions within 24 to 48 hours of a death for some of the most complex cases. These cases may include gang-related homicides, intrafamilial homicides, homicides involving child witnesses, and deaths involving impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI).
Seven demonstration sites have developed and implemented multidisciplinary responses to homicide that are victim-centered, trauma-informed, and effective in responding to the complex needs of families and communities after a homicide
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WHAT IS THE NATIONAL CENTER'S ROLE?
With PSN, efforts have recently integrated victims’ and their families’ needs and experiences, which the National Center recognizes as essential to reducing violent crime. The National Center leads this effort by serving as a voice for victims and providing trauma-informed and victim-centered TTA to all task forces. The National Center’s TTA covers a wide range of topics including trauma and victimization essentials, victim services assessments, sexual violence victimization, restorative justice, victim/witness intimidation and retaliation, vicarious trauma, procedural justice, LGBTQ+ trauma and resilience, and much more.
With Complex Homicide, the National Center, in partnership with the National Sheriff's Association (NSA), has provided direct TTA to the seven demonstration sites. In addition to providing access to a variety of subject matter experts to help grantees implement their projects, the National Center has provided support, as needed, for each site’s program evaluation. The National Center and NSA will also publish and disseminate a compendium of promising practices and resources resulting from the projects.
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We encourage you to contact us for TTA resources and referrals related to topics mentioned throughout this website. Please note the National Center only provides direct TTA to PSN teams and MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge sites at this time. If you are part of a PSN team and wanting to officially submit a TTA request to the PSN TTA team, please do so by navigating to psntta.org. Thank you.
This website was produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime and is funded in whole or in part through grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (Grant No. 2018-V3-GX-K002) and the Office for Victims of Crime (Grant No. 2016-XV-GX-K017), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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