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Homicide victims

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Homicide Victims/Co-Survivors

A homicide survivor or co-survivor is anyone who has been impacted by the death of a loved one by homicide. This includes a spouse, partner, children, siblings, and friends.

It is normal for adults and children to experience such intense feelings in the days and weeks following a homicide, and then periodically over time. Survivors are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other problems. Support and counseling are often very helpful in managing these overwhelming emotions.

How many homicide victims were killed with a handgun?

Statistics on homicides committed with a handgun are available in the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 and in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Crime in the United States reports. See the "Expanded Offense Data" section of each year's Crime in the United States report to view available data on weapons used in homicides, including data specific to murders committed with a handgun.