Survivors of Homicide Victims

Parents of Murdered Children


The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to describe some of the concerns of survivors of homicide victims, discuss some of the problems and situations they face in day-to-day life, and suggest some guidelines for providing support and assistance to them. Topics covered include:

  • Who Are Survivors of Homicide Victims?
  • What Are Common Reactions to Homicide?
  • Turmoil and Numbness
  • Additional Stress Factors
  • A Unique Stressor: The Criminal Justice System
  • The Toll of Stress on the Survivors’ Support Network
  • Situational Factors That Affect The Survivors’ Trauma
  • Other Situational Factors That Affect the Survivors’ Trauma
  • Reconstructing A Life
  • Proper Death Notification


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