Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $484,479)
The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) program (authorized by Pub.L. 111-8, and guided in part by the general principles of 42 U.S.C. §10603e) ensures victims of crime receive accurate and timely information regarding the status of offenders and events related to their cases. Through SAVIN, victims are able to participate in the judicial process and make sound decisions to protect themselves from further victimization while maintaining total anonymity. This information-sharing capability is also available to courts, corrections, and law enforcement officials.
The North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety will use its FY 2009 SAVIN Enhancement award to provide critically needed services for domestic violence victims, victim advocates, justice planners, and criminal justice and correctional officers. The goal is to expand the functionality of the North Carolina Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification (NC SAVAN) Program by adding an Order for Protection Notification Service (OPNS) application to its service platform. This digital notification and management tool will provide 24/7 information, notification, and a pathway to create and process an electronic protective order (PO). The OPNS will provide both telephone and email notifications to victims, and a phased approach will be used to implement the OPNS, bringing an average of five counties per month online.