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Best Practices for Mass Casualty Crime
VictimsFirst's Best Practices for Mass Casualty Crime is a trauma-informed document that assists communities and politicians in alleviating the chaos that follows a mass casualty event so that efforts are coordinated in the very best interest of victims/survivors. Best Practices was culled together over 7.5 years using input from families of the deceased, physically injured, and survivors from mass casualty crimes over the past two decades; it has been used as the basis of other Best Practice reports in this country and others.
Becoming an official nonprofit allowed us to create a Victims' Fund and provide immediate financial support to anyone in need who is a victim of a mass casualty crime. In 2021, we were able to help mass shooting families and survivors with $31,110.66 in direct emergency financial assistance. In 2022, we were able to provide $206,342.28 in direct emergency financial assistance. In 2023, we renamed our General Victims' Fund to the National Mass Shooting Victims' Fund—as we are the only organization to provide this kind of direct emergency financial support to mass shooting victims and survivors from across the country.
To receive emergency financial assistance, a victim/survivor simply submits an application (available on this website). The application is reviewed by our Board, the applicant is vetted, and, if approved, funds are sent directly to the victim/survivor. Upon request, housing, transportation, and utility payments can be made directly to the biller. Through the National Mass Shooting Victims' Fund, we help with immediate needs in the direct aftermath of a mass casualty crime, as well as with emergency needs at any point in a victim/survivor's life (i.e. medical bills, accessibility needs, and long-term basic needs).
100% of what is donated to the National Mass Shooting Victims' Fund goes DIRECTLY to mass shooting victims/survivors.
In 2012, a network of mass shooting families—many of whom comprise VictimsFirst—banded together to respond immediately to mass shootings across the country. The goal was simple: advocate for and protect victims while educating communities so that mass shooting victims would not be re-victimized. Since then, we've worked behind-the-scenes as rapid responders in mass shootings and mass casualty crimes across the country, including Newtown, Boston, Orlando, Vegas, Parkland, Thousand Oaks, El Paso, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boulder, Collierville, Uvalde, Colorado Springs and Allen—to name a few.
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