Research Report Mass Violence and Terrorism Victimization: What We Know from Research- and Practice-Based Evidence
Emily Tiry, Mel Langness, Cameron Okeke
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Mass violence and terrorism victims, who include not only people who were injured or killed but also people who were present but not injured and family members of injured or deceased victims, may face a range of harms as a result of the event, including traumatic injuries; psychological harms such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and prolonged grief; and unexpected financial costs. Because of their inherently large scale, mass violence and terrorism events pose distinctive challenges for response and recovery. These incidents can overwhelm local communities’ response and victim assistance efforts and require a coordinated, cross-sector approach. This research report summarizes evidence from the best available research, practice, and contextual materials on this subject.

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Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
Tags Victims of crime
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center