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Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources


Compendium of Resources

Special Victim Populations


Dealing with Death for Small Children (page 7)

Allegheny County Safe Start, Department of Human Services
This one-page sheet, found on page 7 of Safe Start Parent Pages, focuses on how a death can affect a small child (e.g., being worried, emotional, quick to cry, angry, afraid, frustrated, uncooperative) and offers tips on how to discuss the death of a loved one with a child.

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), a component of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, works closely with the network’s funder—the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—to increase access to services and raise the standard of care for traumatized children and their families.

Talking to Children about Death

National Institutes of Health (2006)
This publication covers children’s awareness of death, communication barriers, children’s developmental stages, individual experiences, religion and death, and when to discuss death with a child. It also discusses children’s possible reactions to death, including guilt, anger, regression, depression, and behavior problems, and provides thoughts about whether children should attend a funeral. The document also has a list of publications that may provide additional assistance in working through this topic.

Terrorist Attacks and Children

National Center for PTSD
This Web page discusses how children respond to events of terrorism, what the risk factors are for stress symptoms, and how professionals and parents can help children cope.

Coping with Disaster: Helping Children with Cognitive Disabilities

Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
This paper discusses general strategies to help children cope after a disaster and specific strategies for children with disabilities.

Helping Children and Adolescents Deal with Grief

University of South Dakota
This fact sheet provides tips on helping youth deal with grief, discusses things to avoid, lists the stages of grief, describes youth’s understanding of death at different ages and the emotions they commonly experience, and includes a bibliography of children’s books dealing with the death of a loved one.

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Culturally Appropriate Victim Services

SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams

OVC (2011)
This toolkit is a compilation of resources related to SARTs—coordinated teams of people who serve victims of sexual assault. The toolkit reviews the basics, lays out the steps involved in developing a SART, describes how to keep the focus on victims, highlights SART programs throughout the country, and includes sample resources.

Although the SART toolkit is not about mass violence or terrorism, it includes information about culture and diversity that could be helpful to those who serve victims of these events. The SART toolkit includes information about ethnic and cultural groups, which have distinct histories, values, and traditions. The purpose of cross-cultural service delivery is to affirm and preserve victims’ traditions and values in an effective, appropriate, and respectful manner. To support the cultural heritage of victims, you need to know why some victims are underserved. The Consider Culture and Diversity section describes how to provide culturally congruent care and how to serve specific types of victims: those with language, literacy, or spiritual needs; adolescents; college students; victims with disabilities; trafficking victims; migrants; rural victims; victims in the military; LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) victims; and victims in various ethnic and racial communities.

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Military Victims

Victim and Witness Assistance Council

U.S. Department of Defense
This Web site includes information and resources to help provide assistance to victims and witnesses of crimes on military installations. The site includes DoD policy and guidance, relevant forms, and links to related sites and military programs.

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Older Victims

Fostering Resilience in Response to Terrorism: For Psychologists Working with Older Adults

This fact sheet, which was developed by the American Psychological Association, describes resilience, what contributes to resilience in older adults, coping strategies, trauma exposure and its common effects, who is at risk for trauma-related stress, how to build resilience, and whether to consider other intervention efforts.

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Victims With Disabilities

Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims With Disabilities

OVC (2012)
This set of state- and community-level guides discusses how adult protective services, human services agencies, law enforcement, advocates, and others can work together to ensure equal and effective access to the criminal justice system for victims with disabilities.

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August 2015   •   NCJ 248647
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