The resources available to those who plan emergency response are extensive. However, few take into account the long-term needs of victims’ families and survivors following acts of mass violence. Victims’ families often continue to experience difficulties long after the event or they may find that psychological issues will present years later.
To help address this unmet need. VOICES has created an e-book through a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime. It offers lessons learned in preparing for, responding to and recovering from acts of mass violence with particular emphasis on meeting long-term needs. The findings are based on our firsthand experience of working with victims' families since 2001, as well as scholarly research and interviews conducted with those who responded to the Oklahoma City bombing, and the shootings at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University and Tucson, Arizona.
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.