If you or a family member has been a victim of an act of terrorism or mass violence occurring within the United States and is seeking help, there are resources and programs that may be of assistance to you.
Seeking Crisis Counseling
You may contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling.
Seeking Information About the Investigation
The Terrorism and Special Jurisdictions Program (TSJP) in the Victim Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) manages the FBI’s operational victim assistance response to terrorist attacks inside the United States, criminal transportation disasters, and other mass casualty crimes.
The TSJP consists of a highly specialized team of clinical and medical social workers, a forensic/mortuary affairs family liaison, and an operational psychologist with expertise in hostage victim recovery and reintegration. The Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team, consisting of experienced and skilled FBI victim specialists from across the country, is used to expand the capacity to support victims and operations in the aftermath of a terrorist or other mass casualty crime.
Seeking Information About the Criminal Justice Process
During the investigation and prosecution of acts of domestic terrorism and mass violence, victim-witness personnel in the Nation’s U.S. Attorneys’ offices will make sure that federal crime victims are given the opportunity to receive information and services as required under federal law and the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. For information about your rights and case information, contact the victim-witness personnel in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the district where the prosecution is pending. If you have already been contacted by a victim-witness coordinator, you should direct all correspondence to that individual.
Seeking Victim Compensation
All states receive federal funds from Office for Victims of Crime, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to help them support local victim assistance and victim compensation programs. In the aftermath of an act of terrorism or mass violence, you may be eligible for crime victim compensation benefits such as reimbursement for the cost of medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other expenses incurred as a result of the crime. Victim compensation benefits are governed by applicable state statutes, so eligibility may vary among states. Contact the compensation program located in the state where the crime occurred for more information about eligibility and the application process.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice: www.ovc.gov