Identifying Community Stakeholders
Stakeholders are professional and agency leaders who have a vested interest in the successful outcome of a community-based project that provides quality victim services. To ensure uniform services among multiple CCTV sites, national organizations that have local chapters in communities throughout the country (e.g., United Way of America, Catholic Charities, and Lutheran Disaster Relief) are logical choices to assume an initial coordinating role. Such organizations can provide vital local contacts with service providers in communities that are hosting a CCTV broadcast. Official letters of support for the community initiative among agencies can assist in promoting local collaboration and participation.
The coalition should consist of agencies and organizations that normally have statutory or functional responsibilities to victims of crime and those that can provide necessary resources. Individuals representing coalition agencies should have decisionmaking authority on behalf of their agencies on issues related to the coalition. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) or interagency agreement (IAA) (PDF 50.15 kb) may be helpful in binding the group to common ground rules.
Professionals and community members who may assume responsibility to independently manage and organize services for victims attending a CCTV broadcast include
- Mental health professionals.
- Nurses and doctors.
- Victim advocates.
- Emergency workers.
- City officials.
- Clergy and church members.
- Nonprofit leaders and foundation officials.
- Members of the media.