Crime Victims Treatment Center: Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime Grantees

In April 2017, the Crime Victims Treatment Center was selected to receive funds under the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) in response to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s request for proposals to Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime. This investment significantly increases access to a number of critical services for survivors of crime, particularly for those who face considerable barriers to accessing services such as immigrants; LGBTQ individuals; individuals with disabilities or who are D/deaf or hard of hearing; and people of color.

With these funds, the Crime Victims Treatment Center is developing trauma-focused therapeutic programming and advocacy support services (screenings, referrals, group and individual therapy, etc.) for transgender survivors of crime, particularly those who are also people of color and those engaged in the sex trade. CVTC will also conduct trainings with hospital staff to build their capacity to better meet transgender individuals’ needs.

The Crime Victims Treatment Center is one of 11 organizations to receive funds to increase access to services for survivors of crime. These programs will enhance the current landscape of services for survivors in Manhattan and across the city. By making these services more accessible, the DA’s Office seeks to increase the use of services, improve survivor outcomes, and mitigate the increased risk of criminal offending that is often associated with victimization or circumstances surrounding victimization, ultimately increasing public safety.

The investments under this initiative, along with the other initiatives being developed under CJII, form a comprehensive set of strategic investments that, together, will have a significant, lasting impact on public safety and justice reform in New York City.