Following a traumatic event, people often feel helpless, confused, and emotionally shocked.
After the emergency responders (fire, police, and EMS) conduct their initial investigation and complete their reports, they often have other calls they must respond to. Victim Services response teams can remain with victims, survivors, and witnesses in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to assist them with temporary support through the first very difficult hours. Victim Services can hep to get officers and emergency personnel back on the street more quickly and provide support on the scene as well as referrals for other Assistance. The more individuals involved as victim’s advocates, the greater the community impact.