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 e-book is presently under review by the Office For Victims of Crime and will be available to assist Emergency Response Teams in 2014. The principles discussed in the eBook focus on how to assist communities in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from acts of mass violence.