Victims of Crime
CJII is focused on enhancing and developing new approaches for serving victims of crime that increase access to services and meet victims’ needs.
Efforts in this area will aim to increase awareness and use of services among victims of crime, especially for people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, victims of domestic violence, and children experiencing violence. These efforts emphasize:
- Improving access to services for vulnerable or underserved victims of crime to reduce the harmful effects of victimization and help ensure more positive outcomes
- Developing technology solutions to help victims of crime find services to meet their unique needs
- Piloting an abusive partner intervention program that holds offenders accountable and seeks to change attitudes and behaviors that contribute to abuse
Alongside these efforts to meet the needs of victims, CJII is focusing on enhancing efforts that cut across systems to improve public safety. These efforts include
- Creating a network of community navigators to connect individuals to the resources and services they need and to increase coordination among city agencies and community-based service providers.
- Developing meaningful career pathways to create opportunities for at-risk and high-need groups, including victims of crime.
- Acknowledging and addressing the effects of trauma to identify effective approaches to treating trauma in underserved groups.