When attacks of mass violence occur, there is an impact on the larger community. In fact, many times there is a global impact - when families, friends and even the general public from around the country and the world become part of a grieving community.
Communities can be identified as a geographic, spatial or territorial region bounded by a defined perimeter - such as a town, county, state or country. But they can also be defined by their common identity, interests or communities - such as community groups, professional associations, employers, and faith-based organizations. They may also be defined by collective relationships that give meaning to an individual's identity - such as professional colleagues, friends and neighborhoods.
Given the increased risk that mass violence poses on communities, VOICES created an e-book as a resource for those who will create plans directed at short-term response and long-term recovery. The eBook was reviewed by the Office for Victims of Crime and is now available to download here
. The principles discussed in the eBook focus on how to assist communities in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from acts of mass violence.