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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Vision 21


On behalf of the Board and staff of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, thank you for participating in NCVLI’s piece of the Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) project, Vision 21: Transforming Victims Services

When we began this work, we knew the project was ambitious, but were excited to be a part of the visioning of the future of the victims’ field. Thanks to the dedication and wisdom of each of you, we were not disappointed. We were able to engage in challenging and sometimes uncomfortable conversations, to learn from each other, and to contribute to the larger Vision 21 effort. The final Vision 21 report will be released by OVC on Wednesday, April 24th and will be made available online here.

We learned so much from each of you and we look forward to partnering with you in the weeks, months and years ahead as we continue to build a better future for victims, survivors, and communities.  


Background on Vision 21

In the summer of 2010, NCVLI was awarded a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to undertake one of four projects under the “Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services” initiative.  “Vision 21” was designed to develop a philosophical and strategic framework for defining the role of the field in the country’s response to crime and moving the field forward in the future.  The four project areas were:  (1) The role of the crime victims’ field in the overall response to crime and delinquency in the U.S., (2) Building capacity in the crime victims’ field to better serve victims of crime, (3) Enduring challenges in the crime victims’ field that are still being addressed, and (4) Emerging challenges that the crime victims’ field has yet to address.

The grant NCVLI received was for area (1) - an in-depth look at the role of the crime victims’ field in the overall response to crime and delinquency in the United States.  For this project, NCVLI brought together many diverse perspectives in a Stakeholder Group to critically examine and create consensus on foundational questions and proposed answers related to who is a crime victim and the field’s response to underserved and unserved victims through enhanced partnerships and better integration of the field into the broader criminal justice field to advance crime victims’ rights.  The Stakeholder group brought together national experts on issues including, but not limited to, child welfare, health, mental health, victims’ rights enforcement, judiciary, law enforcement, legal, ID theft, sex trafficking, gangs, violence against women, at-risk juveniles, and corrections.  This Stakeholder Group was further augmented by an Expanded Partner Group consisting of a wide range of professionals in the field.  In addition, NCVLI allowed for input from the field at large through an online process. 

This project is funded by Grant No. 2010-VF-GX-K011 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.