MT VLAN - Rural Site
In 2017, Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) became one of three recipients of a subgrant from NCVLI’s Increasing Rural Access through Technology Project (Rural Project) Grant No. 2017-VF-GX-K130, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. This Rural Project created new opportunities for collaboration between MLSA and NCVLI to develop innovative technological tools and solutions to help crime victims access legal information and assistance, and to identify and implement promising practices to enhance legal services for crime victims, particularly in rural settings.
Through this project, MLSA’s Victim Legal Assistance Network (MT VLAN) developed and launched MTCrimeVictimHelp.org. MTCrimeVictimHelp.org connects crime victims, their family members, and service providers in Montana with legal help, resources, and supportive services. It collects and shares helpful information with crime victims and the service providers helping them navigate the justice system. MTCrimeVictimHelp.org enables users to search its resource library, apply for legal assistance, chat online with trained Crime Victim Navigators, and use a specially designed Help Tool to find resources specific to their needs while prioritizing user safety, confidentiality, accessibility, and functionality for crime victims in rural areas.
MT VLAN compliments this technological development with face-to-face assistance provided by a dedicated Rural Crime Victim Attorney and Rural Crime Victim Navigator, who foster critical partnerships and serve crime victims in Montana’s rural and remote communities. This combination of innovative technology, dedicated legal support, and partnership building allows MT VLAN to widen its reach and empower crime victims across the state.
This project is supported in part by Grants No. 2017-VF-GX-K130 and 2018-V3-GX-K018, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Project are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.