Intensive Case Management Services for Family Members of Homicide Victims in Rural Settings: Charleston's Lowcountry
Principal Investigator: Alyssa A. Rheingold, Ph.D. <bio sketch> <e-mail>
Funding Source: Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Award #: 2009-VF-GX-K009
Dates of Project: 09/01/2009 - 08/31/2011
This is a collaboration project of local and regional agencies that have been providing intensive direct services to family members of homicide survivors in the Charleston Tri-County Area for the past nine years. At present, the service model provides crisis intervention and information referral to survivors of homicide shortly after the loss of their loved one; specialized mental health services (including support groups and individual trauma focused treatment) available to homicide survivors to assist in stabilizing their lives after the murder; and case management, victim advocacy, and transportation services to increase utilization of victim services among homicide survivors. However, the availability of these services to our rural communities is more limited. This project will permit the expansion of existing services to better serve those survivors living in rural areas. Further in future Phases this project will identify and replicate promising practices for provision of a comprehensive and coordinated array of services that streamlines access to vital support services that are unique to family members of homicide victims who reside in rural areas. This project capitalizes on the clinical expertise of a team of multi-disciplinary victim service providers who are currently providing services to family members of survivors and who have knowledge of engagement strategies with underserved populations. During Phase 1 of this cooperative agreement, the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and partnering agencies will: Evaluate the needs of homicide survivors residing in rural areas and assess promising practices to assure that the new comprehensive, case-management model of service delivery is evidence-based as well as culturally competent; enhance existing program for family members of homicide victims by utilizing the data collected to develop a new comprehensive model and integrate it in its program; initiate and begin to evaluate the new comprehensive model with survivors living in the rural areas of the Lowcountry; and Institutionalize the complete model in three additional sites for Phases 2 and 3 of the Project.
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