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Resources and Support for the Victims of the Tragedy in San Jose, California

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In President Biden’s statement on the mass shooting in San Jose, California on May 26, 2021, he stated, “There are at least eight families who will never be whole again. There are children, parents, and spouses who are waiting to hear whether someone they love is ever going to come home.” OVC joins President Biden in mourning for the victims of the shooting at a public transit rail yard in San Jose.

The following resources may be able to help victims, their families, and the community during this difficult time.

Resources are also available to help victim service providers, law enforcement, first responders, and community and faith leaders responding to this tragedy.

Victim Helplines

VictimConnect

VictimConnect is an OVC-funded service that offers confidential assistance to victims of crime. Trained specialists are available to help you locate services in your area, including mental health counseling, legal services, and more. Contact VictimConnect at:

Phone: 855–4–VICTIM (855–484–2846)
Chat: https://chat.victimsofcrime.org/victim-connect
Dial 711 and VictimConnect staff can provide services through an interpreter in more than 200 languages, and to hearing- and speech-impaired individuals.
 

Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is a national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling.

This 24/7 toll free, multilingual, crisis support service is available to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including incidents of mass violence. Contact the hotline toll free at 800–985–5990.
 

Victim Compensation

California's Crime Victims' Compensation Program, funded in part through the OVC-administered Crime Victims Fund, may help offset a victim’s financial burden related to funeral, mental health, medical, and other expenses. Following is contact information for this program:

California Victim Compensation Board
Phone: 800–777–9229
Email: [email protected]

 

Date Created: May 27, 2021