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Grief is an individual’s natural reaction to the loss of someone or something that holds significant meaning. Grief is not a single emotion, but rather a wide range of intense emotions accompanied by physical and behavioral reactions. Mourning is the acknowledgment and outward expression of grief and may be evidenced by social rituals such as memorial services or funerals. Bereavement refers to the period of grieving, mourning, and life adjustment following the death of a loved one.

 

Grieving is a personal experience that takes much time and energy and is often both physically and emotionally draining. When loss is sudden or violent, it may invoke traumatic reactions such as intense fear, numbness, helplessness, or horror. Grief and bereavement are often more complicated after a traumatic death, such as a homicide, and the intensity and duration of emotional reactions may be prolonged. The amount of support a grieving person receives from his or her family, friends, and community is critical to how successfully he or she will cope with grief. The following resources may help victim service providers recognize the symptoms of grief and identify coping strategies.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations: A Guide for Developing a Law Enforcement Protocol (August 2011) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 55 pages, NCJ 236082.
Through funding from OVC, the National Sheriffs' Association, Justice Solutions, and the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., developed this publication which identifies and discusses how law enforcement agencies can develop protocols for best serving survivors of homicide during cold case investigation.
Abstract | PDF
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (February 2009) OVC, 286 pages, NCJ 224257.
This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn (September 2008) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223072.
This 57-minute DVD features the first-person accounts of 14 men and women who share their experiences as crime victims and the ripple effect that victimization can have on family members and the community at large. It is an effective training resource for victim service providers seeking to improve their understanding of the physical, emotional, financial, and psychological effects of crime.
Abstract | HTML (Clip Transcript) | HTML (Electronic Only Curriculum) | Video (WMV Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor (November 2005) OVC, 5 pages, NCJ 212166.
Anticipation of a holiday without a friend or family member can be harder than the actual holiday itself. This Web page resource has suggestions from survivors for getting through the holidays.
Abstract | HTML
 

OJP Publications

What About Me? Coping With the Abduction of a Brother or Sister (May 2007) OJJDP, Report, 69 pages, NCJ 217714.
Written by siblings of children who have been abducted, this guide contains information to help and support children of all ages when their brother or sister is kidnapped. The guide provides ideas on what children can expect in terms of the feelings they may experience, the events that may occur from day to day, and the things they can do to help themselves feel better. Written in child-friendly language, it is divided into such sections as: home, family, law enforcement, the media, school and work, and holidays and anniversaries. In addition, the guide contains activity pages for children of all ages, including those who are too young to read.
Abstract | PDF 6.45 MB | HTML (By Chapter)
 

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Grief is an individual’s natural reaction to the loss of someone or something that holds significant meaning. Grief is not a single emotion, but rather a wide range of intense emotions accompanied by physical and behavioral reactions. Mourning is the acknowledgment and outward expression of grief and may be evidenced by social rituals such as memorial services or funerals. Bereavement refers to the period of grieving, mourning, and life adjustment following the death of a loved one.

 

Grieving is a personal experience that takes much time and energy and is often both physically and emotionally draining. When loss is sudden or violent, it may invoke traumatic reactions such as intense fear, numbness, helplessness, or horror. Grief and bereavement are often more complicated after a traumatic death, such as a homicide, and the intensity and duration of emotional reactions may be prolonged. The amount of support a grieving person receives from his or her family, friends, and community is critical to how successfully he or she will cope with grief. The following resources may help victim service providers recognize the symptoms of grief and identify coping strategies.


Grief is an individual’s natural reaction to the loss of someone or something that holds significant meaning. Grief is not a single emotion, but rather a wide range of intense emotions accompanied by physical and behavioral reactions. Mourning is the acknowledgment and outward expression of grief and may be evidenced by social rituals such as memorial services or funerals. Bereavement refers to the period of grieving, mourning, and life adjustment following the death of a loved one.

 

Grieving is a personal experience that takes much time and energy and is often both physically and emotionally draining. When loss is sudden or violent, it may invoke traumatic reactions such as intense fear, numbness, helplessness, or horror. Grief and bereavement are often more complicated after a traumatic death, such as a homicide, and the intensity and duration of emotional reactions may be prolonged. The amount of support a grieving person receives from his or her family, friends, and community is critical to how successfully he or she will cope with grief. The following resources may help victim service providers recognize the symptoms of grief and identify coping strategies.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On May 19 2010 at 2:00PM, Debra Culberson, advisor to NamUs, and Duane Bowers, author of "Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief and A Child Is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children", hosted a discussion on Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

On Nov 5 2008 at 2:00PM, Dan Levey, President of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc, and Debra Puglisi Sharp, member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Victims in Action, hosted a discussion on Empowering Victims to Triumph Over Tragedy

On Aug 28 2008 at 2:00PM, Bill Jenkins, author of "What To Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss", and Janice Harris Lord, author of "I’ll Never Forget Those Words: A Practical Guide to Death Notification", hosted a discussion on Delivering Victim-Sensitive Death Notifications

On Mar 14 2007 at 2:00PM, Ms. Barbara Rubel, Executive Director of the Griefwork Center, Inc. and bereavement specialist, hosted a discussion on Best Practices for Coping With Vicarious Trauma

On Sep 7 2005 at 2:00PM, Nancy Ruhe, Executive Director of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc, hosted a discussion on Assisting Parents of Murdered Children

Grief is an individual’s natural reaction to the loss of someone or something that holds significant meaning. Grief is not a single emotion, but rather a wide range of intense emotions accompanied by physical and behavioral reactions. Mourning is the acknowledgment and outward expression of grief and may be evidenced by social rituals such as memorial services or funerals. Bereavement refers to the period of grieving, mourning, and life adjustment following the death of a loved one.

 

Grieving is a personal experience that takes much time and energy and is often both physically and emotionally draining. When loss is sudden or violent, it may invoke traumatic reactions such as intense fear, numbness, helplessness, or horror. Grief and bereavement are often more complicated after a traumatic death, such as a homicide, and the intensity and duration of emotional reactions may be prolonged. The amount of support a grieving person receives from his or her family, friends, and community is critical to how successfully he or she will cope with grief. The following resources may help victim service providers recognize the symptoms of grief and identify coping strategies.


How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

Are there support groups for the families of homicide victims?
Yes. For information regarding support groups in your area, please contact Parents of Murdered Child... Read More

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Grief is an individual’s natural reaction to the loss of someone or something that holds significant meaning. Grief is not a single emotion, but rather a wide range of intense emotions accompanied by physical and behavioral reactions. Mourning is the acknowledgment and outward expression of grief and may be evidenced by social rituals such as memorial services or funerals. Bereavement refers to the period of grieving, mourning, and life adjustment following the death of a loved one.

 

Grieving is a personal experience that takes much time and energy and is often both physically and emotionally draining. When loss is sudden or violent, it may invoke traumatic reactions such as intense fear, numbness, helplessness, or horror. Grief and bereavement are often more complicated after a traumatic death, such as a homicide, and the intensity and duration of emotional reactions may be prolonged. The amount of support a grieving person receives from his or her family, friends, and community is critical to how successfully he or she will cope with grief. The following resources may help victim service providers recognize the symptoms of grief and identify coping strategies.


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Grief is an individual’s natural reaction to the loss of someone or something that holds significant meaning. Grief is not a single emotion, but rather a wide range of intense emotions accompanied by physical and behavioral reactions. Mourning is the acknowledgment and outward expression of grief and may be evidenced by social rituals such as memorial services or funerals. Bereavement refers to the period of grieving, mourning, and life adjustment following the death of a loved one.

 

Grieving is a personal experience that takes much time and energy and is often both physically and emotionally draining. When loss is sudden or violent, it may invoke traumatic reactions such as intense fear, numbness, helplessness, or horror. Grief and bereavement are often more complicated after a traumatic death, such as a homicide, and the intensity and duration of emotional reactions may be prolonged. The amount of support a grieving person receives from his or her family, friends, and community is critical to how successfully he or she will cope with grief. The following resources may help victim service providers recognize the symptoms of grief and identify coping strategies.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations: A Guide for Developing a Law Enforcement Protocol (August 2011) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 55 pages, NCJ 236082. Through funding from OVC, the National Sheriffs' Association, Justice Solutions, and the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., developed this publication which identifies and discusses how law enforcement agencies can develop protocols for best serving survivors of homicide during cold case investigation.
Abstract | PDF
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (February 2009) OVC, 286 pages, NCJ 224257. This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn (September 2008) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223072. This 57-minute DVD features the first-person accounts of 14 men and women who share their experiences as crime victims and the ripple effect that victimization can have on family members and the community at large. It is an effective training resource for victim service providers seeking to improve their understanding of the physical, emotional, financial, and psychological effects of crime.
Abstract | HTML (Clip Transcript) | HTML (Electronic Only Curriculum) | Video (WMV Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor (November 2005) OVC, 5 pages, NCJ 212166. Anticipation of a holiday without a friend or family member can be harder than the actual holiday itself. This Web page resource has suggestions from survivors for getting through the holidays.
Abstract | HTML
 

OJP Publications

What About Me? Coping With the Abduction of a Brother or Sister (May 2007) OJJDP, Report, 69 pages, NCJ 217714. Written by siblings of children who have been abducted, this guide contains information to help and support children of all ages when their brother or sister is kidnapped. The guide provides ideas on what children can expect in terms of the feelings they may experience, the events that may occur from day to day, and the things they can do to help themselves feel better. Written in child-friendly language, it is divided into such sections as: home, family, law enforcement, the media, school and work, and holidays and anniversaries. In addition, the guide contains activity pages for children of all ages, including those who are too young to read.
Abstract | PDF 6.45 MB | HTML (By Chapter)
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

9/11 Remembrance: Resources Compiled by OVC
This section of the OVC site contains a list of government and nonprofit organizations, programs, publications, and events related to September 11th and victims of terrorism. Created for the observance of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, these resources continue to provide useful information and assistance to victim service professionals and the public.
 

Federal Resources

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than hundreds of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Compassionate Friends
This nonprofit, self-help support organization offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings. TCF provides an opportunity for sharing with and learning from other grievers.
 
Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families provides support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
 
National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC)
POMC provides the ongoing emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote healthy grief resolution.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On May 19 2010 at 2:00PM, Debra Culberson, advisor to NamUs, and Duane Bowers, author of "Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief and A Child Is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children", hosted a discussion on Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

On Nov 5 2008 at 2:00PM, Dan Levey, President of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc, and Debra Puglisi Sharp, member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Victims in Action, hosted a discussion on Empowering Victims to Triumph Over Tragedy

On Aug 28 2008 at 2:00PM, Bill Jenkins, author of "What To Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss", and Janice Harris Lord, author of "I’ll Never Forget Those Words: A Practical Guide to Death Notification", hosted a discussion on Delivering Victim-Sensitive Death Notifications

On Mar 14 2007 at 2:00PM, Ms. Barbara Rubel, Executive Director of the Griefwork Center, Inc. and bereavement specialist, hosted a discussion on Best Practices for Coping With Vicarious Trauma

On Sep 7 2005 at 2:00PM, Nancy Ruhe, Executive Director of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc, hosted a discussion on Assisting Parents of Murdered Children


FAQs

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

Are there support groups for the families of homicide victims?
Yes. For information regarding support groups in your area, please contact Parents of Murdered Child... Read More

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Funding

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