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There are a variety of organizations, local and national, that assist families of homicide victims. National nonprofit organizations like The Parents of Murdered Children hold meetings for bereavement support, distribute monthly newsletters to educate and commemorate, and organize various panels and workshops to memorialize the deceased and help heal the wounds of homicide. In addition, there are regional organizations, like Victims to Victory, located in Memphis, TN, that offer similar support and services. Most of these nonprofit organizations rely heavily on donations and volunteer efforts.
Police departments around the country also have programs that not only offer emotional counsel, but connect families to local support services, provide information on their legal rights, and assist in applying for financial aid for funeral costs.
Below is a list of these and other organizations that help the families of homicide victims. Many of these programs need support from the community in order to continue providing quality assistance and guidance.
Directory of Crime Victim Services
Office of Victims of Crime
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
The National Center For Victims of Crime
The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
Justice for Murdered Children
Mental Health Association Oklahoma
Headquartered in Tulsa, Mental Health Association Oklahoma (MHAOK) provides free community resources and mental health services. Through housing, mental health education, support groups, pro-bono counseling, mental health screening and referral, suicide prevention, peer-to-peer recovery services, employment readiness, community health and wellness initiatives, and criminal justice advocacy, MHAOK strives to achieve victory over mental illness. Visit https://mhaok.org/, or call (918) 585-1213 to learn more.
Mosaic Georgia provides free, confidential support and services to victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault and child sexual molestation and abuse. Mosaic also offers legal services to victims for issues related to the assault including safety, housing, employment, financial, health, and education. For more information, visit https://www.mosaicgeorgia.org/legal/.
Lifelines Counseling Services
Located in Mobile, Alabama, Lifelines Counseling Services offers support to individuals and families to live more productive lives through counseling, assistance, referrals and education. Lifelines provides comprehensive resources for issues including, but not limited to: homelessness, homicide, suicide, grief, and sexual assault. Visit https://www.lifelinesmobile.org/solutions/family-counseling/ for more information or assistance.
Local Resources in Cities Featured on The First 48
Atlanta Victims Assistance
Birmingham Police Department
Community Grief Support Service
Parents Against Violence
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Birmingham
Cincinnati Police Department
Homicide and Criminal Investigation Section
Office Number: 513-352-3542
Karen Rumsey: 513-352-6421
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Cincinnati Chapter
513-207-8714, Cincinnati North Chapter
Dallas Police Department Victim Services
Assist the Officer Foundation
City of Detroit Victims Assistance
Gwinnett County, GA
Gwinnett County Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Governor's Victim Assistance Helpline
Harris County, TX
Crime Victim's Assistance Unit
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, KS Police Department Victim Services
Kansas City, MO
Parents of Murdered Children - Kansas City Chapter
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Victim Services
Families of Murder Victims
Victims to Victory, Inc.
The Shelby County Crime Victims Center
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Memphis Chapter
City of Miami Police Department
Victim's Advocacy Program
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Minneapolis Chapter
Lifelines Counseling Services
Victims/Witness Assistance Unit
Parents of Murdered Children - Valley of the Sun Chapter
Parents of Murdered Children - San Antonio Chapter
Homicide Survivors, Inc
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Tucson Chapter
Tulsa Police & Fire Chaplaincy Corps
Center for Grief Recovery & Family Services
Tristess Grief Center
Homicide Advocacy Support
Tulsa County Victim Compensation
Grief Care Workshop*
*The Grief Care Workshop is an 8 week program sponsored by the Tulsa Police & Fire Chaplaincy Corps. This workshop will provide you with the grief recovery tool set you need to recover from loss. The workshop is led by Marsha Johnson, a TPD/TFD chaplain and Grief Recovery Specialist, Monday nights from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Tulsa Police Department's Mingo Valley Division, 10122 E. 11st St., Tulsa, OK.