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1985 NOVA Newsl. 1 (1985)

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Volume  9, Number  1


January, 1985


NOVA Expands Services in 1985


  In the last two years public con-
cern about the plight of the crime
victims has increased tremendous-
ly. This interest has been illus-
trated not only through the rhet-
oric of our public policy officials
but through  concrete legislative
change, the development  of new
programs, and individual demand
for greater knowledge  and  im-
proved  skills. While much  has
been accomplished, there is much
to be done.
  Thanks to a new grant from the
Office of Justice Programhs, U.S.
Department of Justice (OJP) NOVA
will be expanding its services for at
least another year. This continued
funding from  the Department  of
Justice seems a steady indicator of
the support of this Administration
and  this country for victims of
crime, announced NOVA's   Exec-
utive Director Marlene Young  in
response to the grant award.
Highlights of the new grant activi-
ties  are primarily   four-fold:
* expansion of NOVA's  state net-
  working  efforts;
* the development of a pilot train-
  ing curricula for existing victim
  service providers and a curricula
  for inter-disciplinary training for
  criminal justice professionals;

  In This  Issue:
  * PROFILES:   1984 Award
  Winners .......,...... 3
  * ABA  Young  Lawyers   Form
  Crime   Victim  Services
  Committee .......... 3
  * Conference  Update.....  5


* to assist programs in implemen-
  ting the management   informa-
  tion systems and cost-benefit in-
  struments  developed over  the
  last year and to begin a pilot
  assessment  program  for moni-
  toring the quality of existing vic-
  tim service programs; and
* to  maintain  information and
  referral services for the victim
  assistance field as a support
  function to the National Victim
  Resource  Center.
State Networks/Public Education
In the last two years NOVA  has
assisted in establishing networks of
victim services in all fifty states.
The success of this project is largely
due  to the state network contacts
'who recognize that the initiative
and leadership for the networking
effort must come from within the
state. NOVA  staff member Kathy
Adams-House remarked, It   was
exciting for me to work with the
enthusiastic and committed people


who  are providing services to vic-
tims across this country. The net-
working  efforts enabled states to
better know  what  they  already
have and  to focus on what areas
they want to improve.
  In the next year Kathy will be
providing technical assistance to
individual states to ensure the
growth  of new networks  and  to
help the older networks to expand
their activities into skills develop-
ment  areas and public policy ini-
tiaives.
  Similarly, while a great deal of
legislation has 'been passed by
states in the last two years, model
legislation in the field of victim
services- addressing such issues as
counselor  confidentiality, bail
reform, victim name and address
protections, and others identified
by the President's Task Force on
Crime Victims -developed by the
American   Bar Association, the
Center for Women's Policy Studies,


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