Services to Crime Victims are expected to improve as the Office of the Attorney General secures new a new grant aimed to improve services to crime victims
The OAG’s newly secured $500,000 grant aims to improve victims’ access to services and the responsiveness of victim-centric service organizations.
For example, the Victim Service Center (VSC) assists over 1,100 victims of crime each year by educating about the criminal justice process, keeping victims informed on the status of cases, and providing assistance in applying for relief such as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Program (or CICP), among other services.
The funds will help increase accessibility for crime victims and improve coordinated responses through the creation of a 24/7 teleservice and messaging system; and also by using technology to increase accessibility to the CICP.
Besides that, the OAG will also implement a mobile advocacy program which will allow them to deliver services to victims directly.
Attorney General Leevin Camacho says, “We have used technology to increase the ability of crime victims to access our services. But we also must recognize that child care, busy work schedules, and a stable internet connection can pose a challenge for many victims. Under the mobile advocacy programs, we will be able to meet crime victims wherever they’re at,”
Reporting for the Pacific News Center, I’m Khyomara Santana.