Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $600,000)
This program furthers the Department's mission by providing cooperative agreements for enhancement and expansion of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) to organizations that OJJDP designates. The purpose of this program is to increase the coverage and capacity of CAC services in Alaska for child victims of abuse. The purpose of Tundra Womens Coalition (TWC) project is to enhance the emergency response to child sexual abuse victims and their nonoffending caregivers throughout the communities of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of southwest Alaska by delivering least traumatic and culturally appropriate medical, referral, and advocacy services to families seen at the childrens advocacy center (CAC). This project will also defray the cost of doing business in rural, isolated Alaska by assisting with travel costs, emergency supplies, and replacement of interview equipment. Finally, this project will reduce turnover of service providers by offering training and support to staff and partners who work on these cases. The population to be served will be mainly Yup'ik Alaskan people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of southwest Alaska. TWC will measure the progress toward these goals by keeping the database updated, following cases along with the multidisciplinary team (MDT), and working with an independent evaluator. No portion of the budget will be used to conduct research.