Message From the Director
terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, have deeply shaken our sense of
safety, security, and emotional well-being. Every one of us has been changed
forever by this horrible tragedy, but we are a resilient Nation, strong
patriotism and determined in our resolve to find ways to cope with our
It is difficult to try to comprehend these heinous acts that were perpetrated
against innocent people going about their daily business. It is hard to
profound sense of loss, and it is difficult to cope with the raw emotions
the wake of this devastating act of inhumanity.
We at the Office for Victims of Crime will never understand the depths
despair, but we have relied on the experiences of other terrorism victims
the expertise of mental health, crisis counseling, and victim assistance
professionals to prepare this handbook for you.
Our office grieves with all who have lost loved ones. We pledge our
determination to be sensitive to your needs and to seek justice on behalf
who were injured or killed as a result of the attacks on Americans and
country's way of life.
John W. Gillis, Director
Office for Victims of Crime
| OVC Handbook for Coping After Terrorism