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Resources and Support for the Victims in Laguna Woods, California

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We at OVC extend our deepest sympathy to the victims of the shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

The following resources may be able to help victims, their families, and the community, as well as the victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are assisting them during this difficult time.

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 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time 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 United States and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including incidents of mass violence. Call or text the hotline 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 Published: May 16, 2022