Victims’ Healing and Recovery Program
The goals of the Victims’ Healing and Recovery Program were to increase access to a seamless continuum of evidence-based healing services; promote trauma resolution and recovery; and reduce incidents of repeat or ongoing victimization, and/or retributive violence. The target population for this project was boys and men of color (and their families) who were previously incarcerated or otherwise involved with the criminal justice system, and who are victims of gun violence. This project engaged in information sharing across criminal justice system partners; pro-active family-inclusive outreach to victims and families in target population; peer-to-peer support; a holistic, individualized and family-inclusive healing and recovery plan with access to appropriate and necessary services; and viable and realistic non-violent lifestyle opportunities and stabilization services. The project partnered with the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission to share crime, demographic and contact information for victims with the Alma Center on a bi-weekly basis. Additional collaborators included the Milwaukee Police Department; WI Department of Corrections-Community Corrections; the Milwaukee District Attorney; the U.S. Attorney’s Office; City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention; Employ Milwaukee; and Aurora Health Care.