Unfortunately, in today’s society it has become increasingly necessary for Minnesota victim service professionals to know how to best advocate for victims after mass casualty events. The following links will hopefully assist with needed planning, response, and training resources.

If you have any questions or have additional resources to share, please email [email protected].

MAC thanks Barb Hedstrom of the Shakopee Police Department and Anne Seymour of Justice Solutions for their invaluable help with this project. We are also incredibly grateful to our former intern, Emily Mackay, for her assistance with compiling these resources.

Minnesota Day One Crime Victim Support Line

  • 1-866-385-2699 or text 612-399-997
  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Support, information and referrals for victims of crime.

Disaster Distress Helpline: 

  • 1-800-985-5990
  • Text “TalkWithUs or “Hablamos for Spanish language assistance at 66746
  • For anyone experiencing significant emotional distress related to a mass crime or major disaster.

United Way 2-1-1:

  • Dial 211.
  • https://www.211unitedway.org/
  • United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota, here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need.

 Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board

Survivor Resources

  • https://survivorresources.org/
  • 651-266-5674
  • Provides support, reparations assistance, liaison with law enforcement and county attorneys, therapists referrals.

 Family Partnership

 Innovative Soulutions

Pathways Counseling Center

  • https://www.pathwayscounselingcenter.org/index.asp
  • To inquire about counseling services, contact Jerrod Brown: 651-734-5517 or [email protected]
  • Pathways’ purpose is to effectively assist adults and families in their journey towards healthy, fulfilling lives and relationships. They recognize that everyone encounters rocky patches along the way and most could benefit from addressing those instances with caring professionals.

Voices Center for Resilience

  • https://voicescenter.org/
  • Provides long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness, for victims’ families, responders, survivors, and families of those who have died of 9/11 related illnesses; and assists communities in preparing for and recovering from tragedy.

Tuesday’s Children

ICP-TTA Website

  • https://icptta.com/
  • Provides training and technical assistance to incorporate victims services into existing community plans for mass casualty events.

National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC)

  • www.nmvvrc.org
  • The mission of the NMVVRC is to improve community preparedness and the nation’s capacity to serve victims and communities recovering from mass violence through research, planning, training, technology, and collaboration. The Center offers a wide array of resources for mass violence incident (MVI) victims, survivors, first responders, victim service providers, mental/behavioral health professionals, civic leaders and journalists (among others), and has developed over 50 tip sheets that focus on MVI readiness, response and resilience.

National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards: Compensation Protocol—A Guide to Responding to Mass Casualty Events 

  • https://www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/212431NCJRS.pdf
  • 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. The proposed mass casualty protocol provides suggestions for policies and actions before, during, and after a mass casualty event.

Office on Victims of Crime: Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism—Planning, Response, Recovery and Resources 

United on Guns – Mass Shooting Playbook

  • https://unitedonguns.org/protocol/
  • A resource guide informed by the recommendations and experience of mayors who have responded to a mass shooting. It is organized into ten topic areas: communications, emergency management, victims and families, law enforcement, donations, school shootings, community partnerships, legal considerations, commemorations, and mental health. Each chapter includes the actions and training that a mayor can take in advance of a mass shooting; actions a mayor should take during the response phase; and guidance for providing services to victims, family members, and the broader community as they recover.

TRAC – Toolkit for Response Advocates in Colorado

  • http://trac.state.co.us/home
  • This toolkit is meant to help victim assistance responders develop tools and templates for their communities to utilize when planning for a mass crisis response or when an incident occurs, and develop guidelines for communities to effectively plan and respond to victims of crime during and after a major criminal incident. Includes: Pre-plan, initial response, community response, long-term recovery, additional resources, forms and checklists.

Battered Women’s Justice Project: Potential to Prevent Mass Shootings Through Domestic Violence Firearm Restrictions

  • https://www.bwjp.org/resource-center/resource-results/potential-to-prevent-mass-shootings-recording.html
  • In this webinar, Dr. April M. Zeoli discusses findings from her recently published research investigating mass shooters and the potential to prevent mass shootings through domestic violence firearm restrictions.

Battered Women’s Justice Project: Multiple Victim Homicides, Mass Murders, and Homicide-Suicide as Domestic Violence Events

  • https://www.bwjp.org/resource-center/resource-results/multiple-victim-homicides-mass-murders-and-homicide-suicide-as-domestic-violence-events.html
  • This webinar covered how often multiple victim intimate partner homicides and homicide-suicides occur, the frequency of firearm use in these homicides, and opportunities for intervention.

Office for Victims of Crime: Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism—The First 24-48 Hours

Office for Victims of Crime: Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism—Planning, Response, Recovery and Resources Toolkit

Office for Victims of Crime: Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism—Death  Notifications

Office for Victims of Crime: Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism—48 Hours and Beyond

Office for Victims of Crime: Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism—Planni ng Response, Recovery and Resources Toolkit – Donation Management

Office on Victims of Crime: Planning Response, Recovery and Resources Toolkit –Communications

NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance):

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association)

United States Office of Justice Programs: Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism

Federal Bureau of Investigation: In the Aftermath

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sKyH68L7OE
  • The documentary focuses on best practices after school shooting tragedies, including family reunification, dealing with accompanying trauma, and crisis planning. It highlights the difficult journey of recovery while also giving hope to survivors.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: 

National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center: Trauma Cues Related to Mass Violence:

David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages:

  • http://www.trauma-pages.com/disaster.php
  • Mental health handouts as well as links to external disaster websites, disaster mental health guides, and other informative materials useful in assisting disaster victims.

Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Training Manual

  • https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Mental-Health-Response-to-Mass-Violence-and-Terrorism-A-Training-Manual/sma04-3959
  • This manual helps mental health professionals build an emergency preparedness program in response to mass violence and terrorism. It includes background information, key concepts in mental health intervention, and guidance for setting up a training course.

United States Office of Justice Programs: Handbook for Coping After Terrorism – A Guide to Healing and Recovery