Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety is working to increase the number of victims who receive the support they need to help them heal by convening the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims. The Resource Center’s vision is that victim services will be accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma informed—and that the overwhelming majority of victims will access and benefit from these services. To achieve this vision, the Resource Center is designed as a one-stop shop where victim service providers, culturally specific organizations, criminal justice professionals, and policymakers can get information and expert guidance to enhance their capacity to identify, reach, and serve all victims, especially those from communities that too often have less access to healing services and avenues to justice.

The Resource Center will deliver a comprehensive array of training and technical assistance to expand the capacity of victim service programs to identify and reach victims. These activities will include

  • a public awareness and communications campaign;
  • training via webinars, regional and other in-person training opportunities, and national conferences;
  • links to resources that address unmet needs and information on promising practices; and
  • mini-grants to spur innovation.