This project seeks to identify how deeply rooted systemic discrimination has impacted services to victims in communities of color. Our ultimate objective is to set forth appropriate steps to build bridges between law enforcement, service providers and victims in communities of color; in a manner sensitive to all parties involved. The “BBP” is a partnership between The National Center for Victims of Crime and The Beverly Hills-Hollywood, The Santa Monica Venice, San Pedro/Wilmington, and The Los Angeles Branches of the NAACP.
The Building Bridges Project is a partnership between four branches of the Southern California NAACP, community organizations and local law enforcement. Building Bridges addresses a reality: Communities of color experience higher rates of violence than their white peers and lower rates of accessing services. Despite high rates of victimization, only 10.1% of Black serious violence victims received assistance from victim service agencies from 2010-2015. Nearly 90 percent of victims of a serious crime did not receive assistance in the aftermath of their trauma.
The National Center for Victims of Crime and four branches of the Southern Los Angeles NAACP is announcing the launch of the Community Needs Assessment as part of the newest Los Angeles metro area initiative: the
Building Bridges Project. The Building Bridges Project is a collaboration between the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Santa Monica/Venice, San Pedro/Wilmington, Hollywood Hills-Hollywood and City of Los Angeles branches of the NAACP. Building Bridges works collaboratively to address why incidents of victimization happening to Black and African-American LA metro residents are often not reported, seeks to improve victim services and aims to improve disparities in service provision and relations between criminal justice professionals and those they serve through community assessments and healing dialogues. You can learn more about the project here: https://victimsofcrime.org/building-bridges-project/
This short assessment asks community members about a time when they were a victim of crime and the services or lack thereof they received in the Los Angeles metro area.
Please share this assessment widely with other L.A. client serving organizations and encourage victims, clients and community members affected by crime to take this opportunity to share their experiences. This assessment will identify gaps in services and resources for local residents, determine ways to build on the relationship between the community and those who serve them and help to bridge the gap between the criminal justice system and the community.
We are looking for as many people in the local Los Angeles community who have been victims of crime in the last year to take this survey. We know that change can only happen when the community’s voice is heard, problems have been identified, and steps to mitigate harm and hurt can be taken. We cannot begin to heal and build partnerships towards community reconciliation without these much needed conversations.
This is an opportunity to share your experiences and to contribute to meaningful change.
Survey Involvement: Your involvement in this survey is completely voluntary and you can choose not to participate at any time during the process. We ask that you be 18 years or older to participate.
Confidentiality: This assessment is confidential. Any demographic information that could identify someone is stored separately from responses. Responses will not be shared with external parties (e.g. law enforcement) and will only be used for expressed research and programmatic purposes.
Need services? Anyone seeking services or support can contact VictimConnect at 855-4-2846 or visit https://victimconnect.org/.
Questions: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your interest in the Building Bridges Project. We cannot do this work without the whole community and we know that this one small step can help lead to a violence free community for the Los Angeles metro area and beyond.
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