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Tips for Community Leaders: Supporting Victims and Families

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September 2018
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This "tip sheet" from the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center suggests ways for community leaders to support victims and families after a mass violence Incident (MVI) in its immediate aftermath and in the first weeks and months after the MVI.


Among the 16 suggestions for policy and action by community leaders in the immediate aftermath of the MVI are launching a swift and coordinated response by first-responder agencies to restore order and safety; the establishment of an emergency victim assistance professional (VAP) as part of the command center to coordinate communication and services; the establishment of a family assistance center (FAC) staffed with VAPs; assignment of VAPs to support each victim throughout the course of the criminal justice system; and keep victims and the public informed with regular updates. In the first weeks and months after the MVI, community leaders should identify which agency will apply for funding from the federal and state Office for Victims of Crime and establish a resiliency center.