University at Albany
 

Innovations in Victim Services for Underserved Populations

The Center for Human Services Research was awarded a contract from the New York State Office of Victim Services (NYS OVS) to identify innovative programs and practices that reach underserved crime victims. This work is the first step in a larger project to enhance the provision of services to underserved victims in New York State..

Evaluation & Research

The project will focus on programs that have reached out to, or can be adapted to increasing access to the following underserved populations:

  • Young men of color
  • Transgender population
  • Elderly
  • Deaf/hard of hearing

These populations were identified as underserved (and in need of services) in an earlier needs assessment of crime victims in New York State and after consultation with the NYS OVS. The CHSR will conduct a literature review of programs and practices, followed by interviews with jurisdictions where innovations have been implemented. A final report will be prepared that describes the innovations and provides recommendations to enhance the provision of services to underserved victims in New York State.

Contact: Dr. Susan Ehrhard-Dietzel