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Strategic Plan 2021-2024

MOVA’s strategic plan lays out the work the agency will prioritize during a three-year timeframe. The plan is ambitious, victim and survivor-centered, and represents the diversity of voices and perspectives of victim, survivor, and provider communities across the Commonwealth.

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Strategic Plan

We are pleased to announce the implementation of MOVA 2021-2024 Full Strategic Plan It is our intent that this plan will guide us in a more proactive and comprehensive approach toward advancing victim rights and better meeting the needs of victims and survivors across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Our pursuit to meet these goals will be guided by our Mission, Vision, and Values. Approaching funding, advocacy, and other organizational efforts through the lens of this mission and these values will drive our work to better serve and support all victims of crime in Massachusetts.

For more information on how we may engage with you directly through the implementation of this plan, please see below. 

Information for Providers

The goals and objectives of MOVA’s strategic plan are divided across three focus areas outlined below with some additional details on how and why we may engage you as we move forth. 

  1.  MOVA will engage with and influence systems impacting victims and survivors by striving to center the voices, experiences, and needs of victims and survivors within the systems that affect them by:
    • Investing in expanding our lens of survivorship, victimization, trauma, and violence.
      • Service providers take different approaches to support victims and survivor experiences. We will seek to understand the breadth of perspectives and approaches and use this to inform our policies, practices, and funding.
    • Increasing the involvement of victims and survivors in decision-making processes related to funding, policy, and advocacy.
      • We will promote increased influence and involvement in decision-making processes by marginalized survivors and BIPOC communities. We will further commit to assist and support the development of significant and sustained diverse representation in all levels of victim serving organizations.
    • Supporting and promoting racial equity and justice across the systems that impact victims and survivors.
      • Develop strategies to support diversity, equity, and inclusion within victim service providing organizations.
  2.  MOVA will improve services and supports for victims, survivors, and service providers by supporting culturally reflective, high-quality services that are accessible to all victims and survivors through:
    • Thoughtfully assessing the state of victim services and the Commonwealth and using the results to inform funding priorities.
    • Promoting equity in accessibility of high-quality services across victim and survivor communities.
    • Advocating for increased access to victim services and support.
    • Using data to strategically guide our organizational decision-making.
  3. MOVA will improve its ability to effectively advocate for victims and survivors by:
    • Investing in, and working to support the long-term sustainability of the victim services field by working closely with legislators and policymakers on all issues impacting victims and survivors.
      • The Crime Victims Fund (CVF) that provides the majority of funds distributed through grants has seen a significant decrease in funding. This will require MOVA, and every other agency responsible for administering funding, to address anticipated funding shortfalls for programs.
      • MOVA proposes to do this proactively through advocacy to bolster the CVF and state appropriations while developing strategies to mitigate the anticipated harms to programs and the field.
    • Increasing diversity in representation and inclusion in decision making within MOVA’s staff, leadership, and the VWA Board.

MOVA's strategic plan is ambitious, victim and survivor-centered, and represents the diversity of voices and perspectives of victim and survivor communities across the Commonwealth. As we move forth, we appreciate your continued partnership. 

We encourage you to read more about the implementation of the plan here: MOVA 2021-2024 Full Strategic Plan

Information for Victims and Survivors

The goals and objectives of MOVA’s strategic plan are divided across three focus areas outlined below with some additional details on how the strategic plan supports the work MOVA does to support and empower all victims and survivors as well as how and why we may engage you as we move forth.

  1.  MOVA will engage with and influence systems impacting victims and survivors by striving to center the voices, experiences, and needs of victims and survivors within the systems that affect them by:
    • Investing in expanding our lens of survivorship, victimization, trauma, and violence.
      • The experiences of victims and survivors take many forms. We will seek to understand the breadth of perspectives and use this to inform our policies, practices, and funding.
    • Increasing the involvement of victims and survivors in decision-making processes related to funding, policy, and advocacy.
      • Promote increased and meaningful influence and involvement in decision-making processes by marginalized survivors and BIPOC communities.
    • Supporting and promoting racial equity and justice across the systems that impact victims and survivors.
       
  2.  MOVA will improve services and supports for victims, survivors, and service providers by supporting culturally reflective, high-quality services that are accessible to all victims and survivors by:
    • Promoting equity in accessibility of high-quality services across victim and survivor communities.
      • Increase MOVA’s capacity to understand, work with, and support historically marginalized communities by establishing partnerships with organizations that have strong relationships in these communities.
    • Advocating for increased access to victim services and support.
      • Increase language access for victims and survivors.
  3. MOVA will improve its ability to effectively advocate for victims and survivors by investing in, and working to support, the long-term sustainability of the victim services field, by working closely with legislators and policymakers on all issues impacting victims and survivors, and by increasing diversity in representation and inclusion in decision making within MOVA’s staff, leadership, and the VWA Board by:
    • Advocating for legislation to promote continued contributions to the Crime Victims Fund.
    • Promoting crime victim access to Victims of Violent Crime Compensation through education, advocacy, and policy change.
    • Collaborating across the victim services field to more effectively advocate for policy and legislation related to victims' and survivors' rights, services, and supports.
      • Increase MOVA’s communication efforts with the field and the public regarding legislation impacting victims and survivors.
    • Creating vehicles to facilitate meaningful involvement by victims and survivors in decision-making processes at MOVA by prioritizing victim and survivor leadership on the VWA Board and/or by developing an appropriate advisory committee that has a substantive role informing Board-level decisions.
    • Accounting for the diversity of the Commonwealth’s communities by prioritizing more diverse membership on the VWA Board and/or by developing an appropriate advisory committee that has a substantive role in MOVA decision making.

MOVA's strategic plan is ambitious, victim and survivor-centered, and represents the diversity of voices and perspectives of victim and survivor communities across the Commonwealth.

We encourage you to read more about it here: MOVA 2021-2024 Full Strategic Plan

Information for Legislators

The goals and objectives of MOVA’s strategic plan are divided across three focus areas outlined below with some additional details on how and why we may engage you as we move forth.

  1.  MOVA will engage with and influence systems impacting victims and survivors by striving to center the voices, experiences, and needs of victims and survivors within the systems that affect them by:
    • Investing in expanding our lens of survivorship, victimization, trauma, and violence.
      • Engage stakeholders both within and beyond victim services to discuss their views about survivorship, victimization, trauma, violence, and prevention to inform MOVA’s internal work and external advocacy efforts.
    • Increasing the involvement of victims and survivors in decision-making processes related to funding, policy, and advocacy.
      • Promote increased and meaningful influence and involvement in decision-making processes by marginalized survivors and BIPOC communities.
    • Supporting and promoting racial equity and justice across the systems that impact victims and survivors.
       
  2.  MOVA will improve services and supports for victims, survivors, and service providers by supporting culturally reflective, high-quality services that are accessible to all victims and survivors by:
    • Advocating for increased access to victim services and support.
      • Increase language access for victims and survivors.
      • Advocate with other organizations (state, nonprofit, other) to increase support for interpretation of court proceedings, and translation of government forms.​​​​​​
      • Support an adequate variety of language options for victims, survivors, and service providers.
      • Identifying opportunities to support text, chat, HIPAA compliant virtual engagement with providers and the courts.
  3. MOVA will improve its ability to effectively advocate for victims and survivors by investing in, and working to support, the long-term sustainability of the victim services field, by working closely with legislators and policymakers on all issues impacting victims and survivors, and by increasing diversity in representation and inclusion in decision making within MOVA’s staff, leadership, and the VWA Board by:
    • Promoting crime victim access to Victims of Violent Crime Compensation through education, advocacy, and policy change.
    • Coordinating with other agencies and organizations to increase alignment in advocacy efforts for state funding for victim service providers.
    • Developing strategies to mitigate the impact of an anticipated decrease in VOCA and state funding (including through coordination with other state agencies).
    • Collaborating across the victim services field to more effectively advocate for policy and legislation related to victims' and survivors' rights, services, and supports.
      • Develop a consistent means of working with the field to identify areas of consensus related to policy change priorities.
      • Advocate for policy change in partnership with field leaders on identified priority issues.
      • Increase MOVA’s communication efforts with the field and the public regarding legislation impacting victims and survivors.
    • Creating vehicles to facilitate meaningful involvement by victims and survivors in decision-making processes at MOVA by prioritizing victim and survivor leadership on the VWA Board and/or by developing an appropriate advisory committee that has a substantive role informing Board-level decisions.
    • Accounting for the diversity of the Commonwealth’s communities by prioritizing more diverse membership on the VWA Board and/or by developing an appropriate advisory committee that has a substantive role in MOVA decision making.

MOVA's strategic plan is ambitious, victim and survivor-centered, and represents the diversity of voices and perspectives of victim and survivor communities across the Commonwealth. As we move forth, we appreciate your continued partnership. 

We encourage you to read more about the implementation of the plan here: MOVA 2021-2024 Full Strategic Plan

 

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