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Support for Mass Shooting Victims in Dallas, Texas

Helping Dallas, Texas and the Nation Heal

We at OVC express our sympathy to the victims of the mass shooting at a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, their friends, families, and officers of the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police. The following resources may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers, including law enforcement leaders, who are assisting them during this difficult time.

Resources for Victims

    The Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Program, funded in part through the OVC-administered Crime Victims Fund, helps victims offset the financial burden of funeral, mental health, medical, and other expenses related to the shooting. Following is contact information for this program:

    Office of the Attorney General
    Crime Victims’ Compensation
    Crime Victim Services Division
    P.O. Box 12548
    Austin, TX 78711–2548
    Phone: 512–936–1200
    Toll–free: 1–800–983–9933

    PSOB Information Kit The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Office offers its deepest condolences to the survivors of the mass shootings in Dallas. The PSOB Program provides federal death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. View the PSOB Information Kit to learn more on how to apply and contact PSOB by phone at 1–888–744–6513 or email at if you have any questions. Also, PSOB works closely with the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to provide peer support and counseling services; for information on the many resources C.O.P.S. provides, call 1–800–784–2677.

    The Employees Retirement System of Texas also offers special benefits to Survivors of Those Killed in the Line of Duty (PDF 391 kb). Families may be eligible for financial assistance to offset the financial burden of funeral expenses, education benefits, and other forms of financial assistance. Contact the Employees Retirement System of Texas to learn more:

    Employees Retirement System of Texas
    ATTN: Survivor Benefits
    P.O. BOX 13207
    Austin, TX 78711–3207
    Toll–free: 1–877–275–4377

    The Police Benevolent Foundation is a non-profit organization that also provides financial assistance to families through its Fallen Officer Funds program. Contact information for this program is:

    2155 Highway 42 South
    McDonough, GA 30252
    Toll–free: 1–800–233–3506
    The Dallas Police Department's Victim Services works to alleviate the psychological and emotional trauma experienced as a result of violent crime. Services provided include: information and referral, crisis counseling, and a contact person for the victim or family survivor. Contact information for this program is:
    Pat Leal Keaton, Victim Services Coordinator
    Jack Evans Police Headquarters
    Dallas Police Department Crimes Against Persons Division
    1400 S. Lamar, 5th Floor
    Dallas, TX, 75215
    Phone: 214-671-3587

    Disaster Distress Helpline - Phone 1-800-985-5990 Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746 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.

Resources that may also be of assistance in the aftermath of this crime

Resources for Victim Service Providers and Law Enforcement Leadership