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Getting Started--Meeting a Need
  Why Collaborate?
  Benefits of
   Collaboration

  Consequences of
   Failing To
   Collaborate

  Benefits of
   Resource
   Coordination

  Coalition Roles and
   Responsibilities

  Getting the
   Most From This
   Publication

Setting Up a Safe Haven for Victims
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Building Your Coalition
Developing Task Forces
Providing Limited Services
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Partnerships for Safer Communities

Benefits of Collaboration

Victims, service organizations, and the community benefit from a collaborative approach to providing victim services in a Safe Haven. Among the many benefits of community collaboration are—

  • Existence of a common mission and goals.
  • Minimization of victim confusion through a single point of contact or source of information.
  • Coordination of effective services and resources.
  • Development of community relationships that benefit the community as well as the victims being served.
  • Promotion of positive relationships among agencies that would not otherwise work together.
  • Generation of community goodwill.
  • Collaboration of people and organizations that have various skills, resources, and information.
  • Ability to address a broader diversity of victim needs.
  • Collective participation and investment among community agencies.

Working with multiple professional disciplines provides educational opportunities on the issues of victimization, which can have long-term benefits such as—

  • Heightened public awareness.
  • Increased program funding.
  • Positive public policy changes.
  • Increased multidisciplinary services for victims of crime.
  • Revitalized sense of teamwork.
  • Commitment and investment in a project's success.

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