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 Victorylocated 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.
Birmingham Police Department
Robbie J. Priest, R.N., B.S.N., J.D.
Victim Liaison Coordinator
Community Grief Support Service
Parents Against Violence
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Birmingham
Cincinnati Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section
Homicide Unit - 5th Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office Number 513-352-3542
Cheryl Cook 513-352-6421
Who Killed Our Kids?
PO Box 19494
Cincinnati, OH 45219
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Cincinnati Chapter
Dallas Police Department Victim Services
1400 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
Crime Victims Council
Assist the Officer Foundation
City of Detroit Victims Assistance
Harris County, TX
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, KS Police Department Victim Services
2151 S 34th St.
Kansas City, KS 66106
Kansas City, MO
Parents of Murdered Children - Kansas City Chapter
PO Box 1635
Lee's Summit, MO 64063-7635
Families of Murder Victims
2375 E. Tropicana Ave. PMB # 213
Las Vegas, NV 89119
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Louisville
Fight Crimes Against Children: After-Death Care Option
Victims to Victory, Inc.
1548 Poplar Ave.
2375 E. Tropicana Ave. PMB # 213
Memphis, TN 38104
The Shelby County Crime Victims Center
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Memphis Chapter
City of Miami Police Department
Victim's Advocacy Program
400 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33128
Community Foundation of Broward Malcom Jamaar Marshall Scholarship
Malcom Jamaar Marshall Scholarship
350 South 5th St. Room 108
Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Minneapolis Chapter
C/O Calvary Lutheran Church
7520 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55427
Victims/Witness Assistance Unit
New Orleans Police Department
715 South Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
For more information on joining the NOPD:
Parents of Murdered Children - Valley of the Sun Chapter
PO Box 39603
Phoenix, Az 85069
Parents of Murdered Children - San Antonio Chapter
PO Box 690173
San Antonio, TX 78269
Homicide Survivors, Inc
c/o Pima County Attorney
32 N. Stone, 11th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
Help Line: 520-881-1794
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. - Tucson Chapter
The National Center For Victims of Crime
2000 M. Street NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522
Justice for Murdered Children
Berth 77, P-7B
San Pedro, CA 90731