About This Publication
OVC appreciates the efforts of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), the Alabama Attorney General's Office, Justice Solutions, and the subgrantee law enforcement agencies under this demonstration project. Their work has created models for rural law enforcement agencies throughout the country to use and adapt in undertaking similar victim assistance initiatives.
OVC thanks Teresa Jones, formerly Program Manager with the Alabama Attorney General's Office; Timothy Woods, Director of NSA's Research, Development and Grants Division; and Diane Alexander, Director of Justice Solutions, for their significant contributions to this publication. Appreciation also goes to the subgrantee sites for the information they provided on their grant activities. In addition, OVC thanks other Justice Solutions staffDavid Beatty, Executive Director; Trudy Gregorie, Director; and Kerry Naughton, Program Specialistfor preparing written material for the NSA final report to OVC that was incorporated into this publication.
About the Author
Since 1996, Kristin Littel has provided technical assistance to organizations and professionals working on behalf of victims of crime. She has developed a wide range of products—bulletins, reports, manuals, guidebooks, case studies, training modules, and other publications—designed to improve the criminal justice and community response to crime victims. She has assisted agencies in planning forums to identify problems and promising practices in responding to victims of specific crimes, facilitated those forums, and authored reports on forum outcomes and recommendations to the field to facilitate positive systemic change. She also has assisted in planning training conferences. Prior to her technical assistance work, Littel provided direct victim services, holding positions of executive director of a rape crisis center, co-coordinator of a sexual assault unit, support group facilitator, and volunteer victim advocate. She also worked in the mental health and college administration fields.
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Laurie O. Robinson
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Joye E. Frost
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This product was supported by grant numbers 2002-VF-GX-0113 and 2002-VF-GX-K003, 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 product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Office for Victims of Crime is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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