Best Practices for Meeting the Needs of Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism Webinar

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This webinar focuses on best practices to meet the short and long term needs of victims of terrorism and mass violence. Anita Ahuja from California Victim Compensation Board covers how victim services professionals can respond effectively to community crises, providing strategies learned from the following events: Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas, the Borderline Bar shooting in Thousand Oaks, the San Bernardino terrorist attack, and the September 11th terrorist attack, among others. Information on how to integrate best practices into the development of an agency mass violence response plan are presented, including a discussion on field response and interdisciplinary teams, partnerships with community agencies, and identification of resources. Specifically, Anita Ahuja highlights ways to maximize local, state, and federal resources when addressing mass violence. Of particular focus throughout the webinar is the long term needs of community violence victims, including what has helped and hindered them in their healing process.

On this webinar, attendees will learn:
• How victim service agencies have collaborated and responded to mass violence events
• Best practices and effective strategies for assisting victims of mass violence and terrorism
• How to utilize the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program within the federal Office for Victims of Crime