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Support for Mass Shooting Victims in Hesston, Kansas

Helping Hesston, Kansas and the Nation Heal

We at OVC express our sympathy to the victims of the mass shooting in Hesston, Kansas, and to their friends and families. The following resources may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them during this difficult time.

Resources for Victims

    Kansas’ crime victim compensation program, funded through the OVC-administered Crime Victims Fund, helps victims offset the financial burden of funeral, mental health, medical, and other expenses related to the shootings. Contact information for this program is:

      The Honorable Derek Schmidt
      Office of the Attorney General
      Division of Crime Victims Compensation
      120 SW 10th Avenue, 2nd Floor
      Phone: 785–296–2359
      Fax: 785–296–0652
    To obtain a copy of the compensation form, visit:
    http://ag.ks.gov/docs/default-source/forms/application-for-crime-victim-compensation.pdf. Victims of crime may contact the Division of Crime Victims Compensation at 785–296–2359 for help completing this application.

    The Kansas Office of the Governor's Federal Grant Program provides information and referrals for victims of crime. Contact information for this program is:

      Governor’s Federal Grant Program
      Office of the Governor
      900 SW Jackson Street, Room 304 North
      Topeka, KS 66612-1220
      Phone: 785–291–3205
      Fax: 785–291–3204
    The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is an online, searchable directory designed to help service providers and individuals locate crime victim services in the United States and other countries. Access the Directory to locate information about services in your area.

    The Disaster Distress Helpline, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), is a national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1–800-985–5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.

Publications that may also be of assistance in the aftermath of this crime—

Resources for Victim Service Providers

    The following publications may be of assistance to service providers in the aftermath of this crime—

    Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program
    This brochure describes OVC’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, which provides federal funds to support crisis response, consequence management, criminal justice support, crime victim compensation, and training and technical assistance during crisis aftermath.

    Compensation Protocol: A Guide to Responding to Mass Casualty Incidents
    The product of the OVC-funded Mass Casualty Protocol project, this manual examines the role of victim compensation programs during a mass casualty incident and describes a strategy for serving victims, survivors, allied victim professionals, and compensation program staff.

    Field Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters
    This Field Manual is intended for mental health workers and other human service providers who assist survivors following a disaster. This pocket reference provides the basics of disaster mental health, with numerous specific and practical suggestions for workers. Essential information about disaster survivors’ reactions and needs is included. "Helping" skills are described with guidance for when to refer for professional assistance. Strategies for worker stress prevention and management are presented in the last section.

    Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Rescue Workers Can Do
    This booklet describes what rescue workers can do to help children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters.

    Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources
    Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources This toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. This toolkit provides communities with the framework, strategies, and resources to –

    • Develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan for responding to incidents of mass violence, terrorism, natural disasters, and high-profile criminal incidents.
    • Bring key partners together to review existing emergency plans, and to initiate or continue the development of a victim assistance plan within a community.
    • Establish victim assistance protocols, which can greatly enhance the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts.
    • Follow protocols for short- and long-term responses to victims following incidents of mass violence.

    Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Field Guide
    This guide is intended for service providers and professionals in the mental health field providing the basics in responding to and assisting victims and families during the aftermath of mass violence and terrorism.

    Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide
    Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting survivors of disaster and terrorism.

    Responding to Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Crimes: Coordination and Collaboration Between American Red Cross Workers and Crime Victim Service Providers
    This booklet, jointly published by OVC and the American Red Cross (ARC), provides information on how ARC staff and volunteers can better assist victims of terrorism and mass violence crimes. It focuses on victims’ rights and needs, OVC resources, victim compensation and assistance, and key differences between the needs of victims of crime and victims of natural disasters.

    Terrorist Attacks and Children
    This article provides information on how children respond to terrorism and presents steps that professionals and parents can take to help children cope with acts of terrorism.

    For more information and resources, you may be interested in reviewing the following OVC topical pages—