for Licensed chaplains and Ministers in the Community
Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others, and
you will be helped. Those who are good are rewarded here on earth,
so you can be sure that wicked and sinful people will be punished.
Develop a library of Scripture and faith-based resources and publications
relating to trauma, victimization, anger, healing, forgiveness
and reconciliation. (Publications that are visible to crime and
trauma victims reduce victims fears of stigmatization and
invite conversations and disclosures about traumatic events in
the lives of people who are suffering.)
Offer special educational programs and workshops on topics such
as Grief and Loss, Healing, Getting through the Holidays, Impact
of Crime, Forgiveness, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Spiritual
Questioning Related to Crises, etc. Invite community experts and
local victim assistance staff to present topics and address specific
concerns of church members.
Identify locations in your church or house of worship that can
be a comfortable meeting place or compassion center,
offering safety to individuals and families.
Provide a safe place for families and friends of victims to meet
privately, especially if your building is located near a courthouse.
Consider providing space, volunteer support and food for family
and friends awaiting the outcome of trials.
Identify victims in the pews and provide prayer and
Organize candlelight services or memorial services during Christmas
and other religious events for homicide victims families.
Have a special commemorative service with prayer, scripture and
psalms related to transformation, healing, forgiveness and the
Good Samaritan during National Victims Rights Week (3rd
week in April).
Join the National Night Out prevention efforts in the community.
Plan a prayer walk.
Form a plan on How you can offer your help in Your Church
or Community. How can you Help Crime Victims hold Community
seminars (Get yourself known by visit your local police department,
sheriffs department or other community organization).
Get involved in or host victim support group meetings monthly
in partnership with MADD or other victim assistance organizations.
Educate church members about possible feelings, reactions and
needs of crime victims and their families. Dont forget the
victim, especially if the church already has a prison ministry.
Often, victims feel injured the second time by the church because
they are neglected or ignored. Remember that your presence is
the most powerful gift you can give to a people in pain.
Encourage church and house of worship leadership to prepare and
deliver sermons, psalms and messages about evil, suffering, hope
Learn more about traumatic grief experienced by family members
of homicide victims.
Report any suspected cases of child abuse and develop church policies
to ensure childrens protection.
Develop church policies and guidelines for selection of any individual
who works with children to protect children and the church from
potential harm and criminal liabilities.
Learn how to respond to caregiver needs following a tragic event
or prolonged exposure to crisis.
Develop partnerships with local victim assistance programs (domestic
violence shelters, rape crisis centers, prosecutor and law enforcement-based
programs and others that serve crime victims.)
Victim Assistance Support - Victims may need the following:
Transportation to court, hearings or other locations;
Child care while parents are testifying in court;
Accompaniment to court or to parole hearings;
Crime scene clean up after a robbery or vandalism;
Home visits (especially if the individual is elderly or disabled);
Locks and safety devices installation especially after a burglary;
Help with translation;
Help with filling out insurance forms, victims compensation
claim forms, etc.;
Immediate assistance with basic needs (lodging, groceries, heat,
replacement of medicine, glasses, etc.).
Assistance Program Support Identify your local resources
and ask what you can do to help in their efforts to assist crime
victims! Many programs are in need of resources and volunteers.
Domestic violence shelters may need toys and playground equipment
for children who are staying at the shelter.
in the shelters need backpacks and school supplies so they can attend
school while they are in the shelter. Some shelter rooms need refurnishing
and painting, and the staff may need furniture and office equipment.
addition, local victim assistance programs located in prosecutors
and law enforcement offices may need volunteer support, equipment,
educational materials, resources for children and families, emergency
funds for travel, transportation and lodging, transportation and
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