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MVI and Social Media: Guide to Hashtags

NCJ Number
Date Published
October 2018
3 pages

This "tip sheet" from the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center suggests websites and social media accounts that have a vital role in the dissemination of information following a mass violence incident (MVI).


Although the federal, national, and state resources may vary, depending on the type and scope of the MVI, the websites are reported for the main agencies and organizations and how they receive and provide critical information. Social media and their informative capabilities are also documented. The FBI's Victim Services Division assists and supports MVI survivors and first responders, both on-site and through support offered by its Victim Services Specialists nationwide. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency responsible for investigating and determining the probable cause of all civil aviation accidents in the United States and selected accidents in rail, highway, marine, and pipeline operations. The NYSB's Transportation Disaster Assistance Division (TDA) coordinates the resources of federal, state, and local agencies, transportation operators, and the American Red Cross in meeting the needs of family members and survivors. The website of the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provides information on a designated web page that serves victim assistance professionals, victims/survivors, and first responders, with a focus on resources that help them recover physically, emotionally, and financially from MVIs. OVC also administers the Anti-terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, which supports jurisdictions that have experienced terrorism or mass violence. State Crime Victim Compensation Programs offer financial support to eligible victims of violent crimes who report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement.