Family assistance centers streamline the process of family reunification and death notifications, and provide access to other immediate services that are crucial in the recovery process. This tip sheet is a comprehensive guide for community leaders and law enforcement officials who are tasked with organizing a family assistance center following a mass violence incident.
Provides a high-level overview of services and support that community leaders can provide to victims and survivors of a mass violence event, and emphasizes the importance of mobilizing trained victim assistance professionals and establishing a full-service family assistance center.
Victim assistance professionals and other victim service providers play an essential role in aftermath of a mass violence incident. Offering victim assistance professionals to victims and family members helps to minimize the trauma that can be associated with the overwhelming onslaught of resources and demands. This tip sheet provides examples of program models that address this.