The Issue

The lack of adequate services received by victims in marginalized communities, especially communities of color, is one of many adverse effects caused by deeply-rooted discrimination in our criminal justice system. Additionally, many communities of color do not feel comfortable accessing services when they experience a crime. This is due in part to historical mistrust and a poor relationship with law enforcement.

The Project

In order to address underreporting, improve service provision and create a healing environment for victims of crime from every background, NCVC has launched a new initiative called the Building Bridges Project to rectify disparities in treatment and services for crime victims, particularly those in communities of color.

Building Bridges is a partnership between four Southern California branches of the NAACP, community organizations and local law enforcement. Building Bridges promotes reconciliation through a productive and healing dialogue about what law enforcement should know in order to achieve effective encounters with victims of crime from marginalized communities. This project, through its community conversations and recommendations for law enforcement, will shape the future of victim services in L.A.

Why Los Angeles?

Developing this relationship is needed nationwide, but in Los Angeles especially. In L.A, “Black residents constitute 9 percent of the city’s population but experience 31 percent of LAPD arrests.” Racial disparities in policing in Los Angeles are well documented. A 2020 report published by the Los Angeles Police Department's Office of the Inspector General found "racial disproportions in stops for every type of violation." Constructive, healing conversations between communities of color and law enforcement are necessary to improve community trust in law enforcement and to better serve victims of crime.

We can’t do this work without your support. Support local community outreach and engagement and double your impact in our dollar-for-dollar matching campaign. Your 100% tax-deductible gift will fuel this vital and transformative project and will make victim’s services more culturally relevant and trauma informed. 

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by National Center for Victims of Crime


The Issue

The lack of adequate services received by victims in marginalized communities, especially communities of color, is one of many adverse effects caused by deeply-rooted discrimination in our criminal justice system. Additionally, many communities of color do not feel comfortable accessing services when they experience a crime. This is due in part to historical mistrust and a poor relationship with law enforcement.

The Project

In order to address underreporting, improve service provision and create a healing environment for victims of crime from every background, NCVC has launched a new initiative called the Building Bridges Project to rectify disparities in treatment and services for crime victims, particularly those in communities of color.

Building Bridges is a partnership between four Southern California branches of the NAACP, community organizations and local law enforcement. Building Bridges promotes reconciliation through a productive and healing dialogue about what law enforcement should know in order to achieve effective encounters with victims of crime from marginalized communities. This project, through its community conversations and recommendations for law enforcement, will shape the future of victim services in L.A.

Why Los Angeles?

Developing this relationship is needed nationwide, but in Los Angeles especially. In L.A, “Black residents constitute 9 percent of the city’s population but experience 31 percent of LAPD arrests.” Racial disparities in policing in Los Angeles are well documented. A 2020 report published by the Los Angeles Police Department's Office of the Inspector General found "racial disproportions in stops for every type of violation." Constructive, healing conversations between communities of color and law enforcement are necessary to improve community trust in law enforcement and to better serve victims of crime.

We can’t do this work without your support. Support local community outreach and engagement and double your impact in our dollar-for-dollar matching campaign. Your 100% tax-deductible gift will fuel this vital and transformative project and will make victim’s services more culturally relevant and trauma informed.