Tipsheets

Twelve Self-Help Tips for Coping in the Aftermath of the Attack on the US Capitol

This tip sheet contains practical coping suggestions for those experiencing distress after the recent events in Washington, DC.

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Coping Tips To Help You Through Court Proceedings

This tip sheet can help victims/survivors create a personalized self-care plan to strengthen your feelings of control over your participation in court processes.

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Helping Victims And Survivors Maintain Emotional and Physical Well-Being Throughout Court Proceedings

This tip sheet is designed for victim service professionals or victim advocates (VSPs) to help victims and survivors of mass violence incidents or terrorist attacks (MVIs) throughout trial proceedings relevant to their cases.

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Timeline of Activities to Promote Mental Health Recovery

This Tip sheet targets Victim Service Providers (VSPs), Mental Health professionals (MHPs), emergency management planners, and others who serve victims impacted by an MVI. It provides recommendations on the many different ways to improve mental health recovery for victims and family members.

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In the Aftermath of MVI: Crime Victims and the News Media

This tip sheet serves as a guideline for how media members should approach victims of an MVI on the scene of the incident.

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News Media Engagement: Victim Autonomy and Choice

Victims must remember it is always their choice when deciding on whether or not to speak with the media. This serves as a guide to potential positive and negative consequences of giving an interview.

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Tips for Crime Victims and Survivors: Guidelines for Media Interviews

These guidelines can serve as a planning tool to use when speaking to the media.

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Preparing for News Media Interviews

This tip sheet gives guidelines on how victims can better prepare for interviews and some of the resources available that they can use to their advantage.

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Media Guidelines for Homicide Family Survivors

This tip sheet provides information on how loved ones of a MVI victim should handle the impending news media coverage.

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Additional Tips to Prepare for Media Interviews

This tip sheet outlines how Victims Service Providers can better help MVI victims prepare for the media.

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What to Wear for a Broadcast Interview

Follow these guidelines to help decide what to wear when going on camera.

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Strategic Story Telling: Guidelines for Victims, Survivors and Family Members of Mass Violence Incidents (MVIs)

This tip sheet provides an outline on how victims and survivors of mass violence, and their family members, can safely share their experience with others.

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Communities: Guidelines for Facilitating Victims, Survivors, and Family Members in Sharing their Stories

This resource is designed to explain how communities and community agencies can provide a safe and adequate environment for victims and survivors to share their experiences.

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Helping Victims of Mass Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a high level on uncertainty to the live of everyone. This tip sheet serves as guide for victim service providers on helping MVI victims during this time.

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Navigating Community Resources in Times of Crisis

Finding community resources can be difficult during this time. This tip sheet provides Victim Service Providers (VSPs) with information needed to effectively serve victims during a public crisis.

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How to Juggle Priorities and Shifting Responsibilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Managing priorities and responsibilities as a Victim Service Provider (VSP) during a public crisis can be extremely difficult. This tip sheet provides VSPs with the information needed to effectively serve victims during a public crisis.

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Using Technology to Connect with Victims of Mass Violence Incidents AND Help Victims Stay Connected with Others

This tip sheet provides some examples on how those in victims services can help victims stay connected with others.

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Unexpected Challenges for Communities After Mass Violence

While most obstacles that appear after MVI can be expected, there are instances where communities can be overwhelmed. This tip sheet goes into detail on some of the unexpected issues that can occur.

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Responding to Mass Violence: Developing Personal “Go Kit”

Suggests items that victim assistance professionals should have prepared to minimize the use of onsite resources.

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Role of VAPs in Responding to MVI

VAPs play a crucial role in the response phase to MVI. This tip sheet goes into detail on what is expected of them during this phase.

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Guide to Agencies Responding to MVI

Explains the key roles that federal, state, and local agencies have in responding to MVI.

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Providing Sensitive Death Notification

Provides information on sensitive death notification and links to an online training course curated by the FBI and Penn State University.

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MVI and Social Media: Guide to Hashtags

When an MVI occurs, social media becomes flooded with hashtags. This tip sheet details things to look for when trying to find information in the aftermath of the incident.

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After MVI: Helpful Websites and Social Media

Provides a list of websites and social media accounts that can be helpful following mass violence.

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The Role of VAPs in Building Resilience After MVI

Provides a guide to the crucial role of VAPs in the resilience phase after MVI.

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After Death Notification

Following a death notification, VAPs have many important details to discuss with survivors and family members.

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Role of VAPs in Preparing for MVI

Highlights some tactics VAPs use during the readiness phase.

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Response: Victim Assistance Agency “Go Kit”

Serves as a checklist for agencies following an MVI.

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Tips for Civic leaders: Supporting your Communities Remembering of MVI

Highlights what leaders in the community should be doing following a mass violence event.

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Community & Faith Leaders Commemorating the Anniversary of MVI

For community and faith leaders in an area where an MVI occurred, anniversaries present challenging emotions. This tip sheet details ways leaders can observe anniversaries.

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Remembering Tragic Events: Creating a Permanent Memorial

Offers things to consider when creating a memorial for an event and the purpose it should serve.

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Resilience Following Hate Crimes

Provides strategies on how to cope with and respond to MVI involving hate crimes.

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Talking to Children about Hate Crimes

Discussing MVI with children provides a different set of challenges. Aside from the general issues, discussing MVI involving hate crimes is its own unique challenge.

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Suggestions for Parents – Mass Violence Incidents

Provides suggestions for parents whose child has been exposed to the news of a mass violence incident.

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Tips for Community Leaders: Establishing a Family Assistance Center

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.

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What Community Leaders can do to Support Victims and Survivors

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.

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Victim Liaison Models

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.

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Tips for Community Leaders: Managing Donations

A guide for community leaders who are tasked with managing an influx of money and material items that are donated in the wake of a mass violence incident.

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Tips for Community Leaders: Managing Volunteers

Helpful tips for community leaders who are managing a large number of volunteers following a mass violence incident. Provides suggestions to ensure that time and resources are used appropriately.

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Tips for Donors Following Mass Violence

Tips for community members, business owners, etc., who are looking to make a donation of their money or time in the wake of a mass violence incident.

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Tips for Community Leaders: Funding Victim Compensation

Provides suggestions and resources for community leaders tasked with managing victims compensation following a mass violence incident.

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