Rebuild Your Community
After a mass violence incident, communities typically respond quickly to address the danger and give practical, financial and emotional help. Here are four different areas in which community leaders can have impact:
- Organize help for victims, survivors, families and others
- Support and guide community activities of remembrance (e.g., planning funerals, memorials and anniversary events)
- Manage volunteers and donations of money and material gifts
- Support resilience and recovery in the community
After a community tragedy, people gather to remember and honor the victims. Making decisions about how to memorialize the event can get contentious as people grieve differently and seek different kinds of symbols for commemoration. Good, nonjudgmental leadership is essential in guiding the community to make choices that will stand the test of time.