Improving Support for Mass Violence and Terrorism Survivors

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By some measures, 2020 has had the most mass shootings of any recent year, despite the coronavirus pandemic shutting down many workplaces, schools, and public venues. And mass violence events are continuing to happen. Mass violence events are traumatic for and have lasting effects on survivors and communities. They are challenging to recover from, and current evidence gaps make it more difficult to effectively respond to these events and support survivors’ recovery.

We have been exploring and elevating the needs of mass violence survivors and their communities through our work with the Center for Victim Research (CVR).

CVR recently released the first-ever synthesis (PDF) of research- and practice-based evidence on mass violence and terrorism (MVT) victimization in the United States. The resource highlights three major gaps in the evidence that, if filled, could strengthen policies and practices that support MVT survivors and more effectively address their needs.

1. We don’t know how many people are harmed by MVT events in the US

Without knowing the true extent of MVT victimization, it is challenging for communities and governmental agencies to adequately support…



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