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Support for Colorado Shooting Victims

Helping Aurora Heal

We at OVC convey our deepest sympathies to the victims of the Aurora shootings, their families and friends, and the people of Colorado. Through the following resources, victims and their families, and the victim service providers that are assisting them, can receive information about victim compensation, victim assistance, and crisis intervention:

Resources for Victims

Resources for Victim Service Providers

  • The Colorado Victim Assistance Program supported through the Crime Victims Fund, links victims to direct service providers and victim advocates to help them cope in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. Following is contact information for this program:

    Division of Criminal Justice
    Office for Victims Programs
    700 Kipling Street Ste 1000
    Denver, CO 80215
    1-888-282-1080 (Toll free outside the Denver Metro area)
  • The following publications may be of assistance to service providers in the aftermath of this crime—

    Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program
    This brochure describes OVC’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, which provides federal funds to support crisis response, consequence management, criminal justice support, crime victim compensation, and training and technical assistance during crisis aftermath.

    Field Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters
    This Field Manual is intended for mental health workers and other human service providers who assist survivors following a disaster. This pocket reference provides the basics of disaster mental health, with numerous specific and practical suggestions for workers. Essential information about disaster survivors’ reactions and needs is included. "Helping" skills are described with guidance for when to refer for professional assistance. Strategies for worker stress prevention and management are presented in the last section.

    Helping Survivors in the Wake of Disaster
    This fact sheet provides concise information for volunteers, mental health clinicians, chaplains, and medical personnel on the effects of traumatic stress and recommendations for helping survivors of disasters.

    Mental Health Reactions After Disaster: A Fact Sheet for Providers
    This fact sheet provides overview of common reactions and severe stress responses to disaster, including PTSD.

    Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Field Guide
    This guide is intended for service providers and professionals in the mental health field providing the basics in responding to and assisting victims and families during the aftermath of mass violence and terrorism.

    Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide
    Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting survivors of disaster and terrorism.

    Responding to Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Crimes: Coordination and Collaboration Between American Red Cross Workers and Crime Victim Service Providers
    This booklet, jointly published by OVC and the American Red Cross (ARC), provides information on how ARC staff and volunteers can better assist victims of terrorism and mass violence crimes. It¬†focuses on victims’ rights and needs, OVC resources, victim compensation and assistance, and key¬†differences between the needs of victims of crime and victims of natural disasters.

For more information and resources, you may be interested in reviewing the following OVC topical pages—

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