About the VAN
The VAN, or Victim Assistance Network, is a collaboration of victim service providers in the District of Columbia. VAN members cross disciplines and victimization specific services. The VAN has members that are mental health and medical providers, legal service providers, advocates, and prevention specialists. Members serve domestic violence, sexual assault, child victims and youth, and human trafficking victims–any victim of crime in DC.
Vision. The District of Columbia values the highest quality client-centered, best practices standard for victim services. The DC VAN strives to ensure that all victims of crime in the District of Columbia will have the opportunity to access justice as each victim defines it, achieve restoration, and access services in a way that is most comfortable for them.
Mission. The mission of the VAN is to facilitate a network of victim service providers in the District of Columbia that ensures efficient, victim-centered, and best-practices informed continuum of victim services in the District of Columbia, through a partnership between public and private stakeholders that is based on mutual respect, collaboration, and progressive policy and program development.
Governance. The VAN is governed by a Leadership Council, which is comprised of seven members elected every two years by the membership of the VAN.
Who is on the VAN?
The VAN is comprised of victim service providers in the District of Columbia (VAN Membership Roster)
. By request of the VAN Leadership Council, all victim service grantees of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants are required to be active members of the VAN. However, any victim service provider is eligible to apply for membership to the VAN. To apply for membership, interested parties should email any member of the Leadership Council. Membership requires an affirmative vote of 2/3 of the current membership.
When are VAN meetings?
VAN meetings are generally held on the second Friday of every other month at 10 am. Upcoming VAN meetings are:
August 13, 2021, October 8, 2021, and December 10, 2021.
All meetings will be held on the 11th floor of 441 4th St NW from 10am-12pm unless noted otherwise.
The public is invited to VAN meetings for the first part of every meeting. However, the VAN meetings close for members only after a certain point so the membership can discuss internal matters.
If you have any questions about the VAN, contact any member of the Leadership Council (see roster) or Sean Smith, [email protected]
Current VAN Leadership Council