In September 2017, the Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime awarded End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) grant funding to enhance services for victims of crime across the United States. The funding was awarded through the Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime program.
With this opportunity, a limited number of one-year, no-cost Victim Link subscriptions are available for eligible law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy organizations.
EVAWI will continue its existing partnership with Voice to expand and enhance a technology initiative on a national scale to improve responses, services, and access for victims of crime.
With its victim-focused site Seek Then Speak and its agency portal Victim Link, this innovative program provides sexual assault survivors and their support people a way to interact with a multilingual platform to gather information, explore options, and connect directly with local resources. Victims can even begin the process of reporting the crime to law enforcement and requesting community services for longer-term help.
Victim Link and Seek Then Speak close the gap in service delivery and promote justice and healing.
No-Cost Victim Link Subscriptions
Made possible through funding awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice, we are offering law enforcement and victim advocacy organizations the opportunity to apply for a one (1) year, no-cost subscription (or renewal) to Victim Link.
Because victims are better served with coordinated resources, applicants should be prepared to partner with their counterpart (law enforcement, victim advocacy).
No-cost subscriptions are available for the following agencies working in the United States, U.S. Territories, or Commonwealths.
Victim Link subscriptions are available for:
Agencies that receive a no-cost subscription are required to provide baseline data for the previous calendar year. The ability and willingness of agencies to provide baseline data, (e.g., calls to the rape crisis hotline, the number of sexual assaults reported to law enforcement, the number of medical forensic exams), for a minimum 12-month period prior to activating a Victim Link subscription, will be a significant part of the selection strategy. Data submitted at the end of the first 12-month period will be used to evaluate whether the second year is funded.
If available, an agency is encouraged to provide data for a longer period of time, (i.e., 2-5 years) so that possible trends can be identified and evaluated. The subscribing agencies will provide the same data at the end of each subscription year (i.e., at the end of the first year and again at the end of the second year), if a subscription is renewed.
All data provided in progress reports to OVC or published in any other public format will be in aggregate form only. Community-level data will only be used by EVAWI to assess whether technical assistance is needed in that jurisdiction and to evaluate overall trends in system use. As a subscriber of Victim Link, you authorize your agency name and jurisdictional area to be released publicly.