In order to provide effective short and long term victim assistance it is important that advocates from law enforcement agencies, District Attorneys’ offices, and community agencies form collaborative partnerships to assist victims after a mass incident. A variety of strategies can be implemented to ensure quality and effective victim services. The following organizations and agencies are groups to consider collaborating with after an incident:
One useful tool that has been used to make sure that a collaboration among agencies takes place and that every person working on the response has accurate information is to have key players from each agency involved in the response participate in a conference call every morning at a certain time to talk about the activities that occurred from the day before, the identified needs that have to be addressed that day and in the future, and who will be completing the identified tasks for that day.
For more information on how to develop a case management plan, download the detailed case management document (pdf, 97.3 KB).
Victims will need to be transitioned from the Law Enforcement Victim Assistance Units to the District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Divisions in criminal cases. District Attorney’s Office will need to asses if they have the necessary staff to assist large numbers of victims. Moreover, it is essential for the DA advocates to establish a relationship with the victim and/or family. This transition should be discussed by both agencies as to how the victims/survivors will transition from the law enforcement agency to the District Attorney’s Office.
Depending on the number of victims, a meeting may want to be set up so that all of the victims and their family can be introduced to the DA staff and explain how the transition process will occur. Consider having the law enforcement victim advocates, the community advocates that will be involved with the victims on a longer-term basis and the District Attorney’s staff at the meeting.To learn more about how transitioning from law enforcement victim assistance to a district attorney's office in a case involving a prosecution, please download the transitioning document (pdf, 107 KB).
Financial support for a community is another important aspect of collaborative partnerships in a response to a crisis. A planning committee will need to identify financial resources to address the needs of a community. That might include:
- Public or private grants;
- Donations for the community;
- Non-Profit Assistance;
- Public governmental efforts
- Private corporate sponsorship.
More information about community financial support can be found by downloading the Community Financial Support document (pdf, 152 KB).
|Communication and coordination during and after an incident is an invaluable resource to victims/survivors of a disaster. Learn about different communication and coordination opportunities by visiting the communication and coordination web page.|