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Healing Communities

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When attacks of mass violence occur, there is an impact on the larger community. In fact, many times there is a global impact - when families, friends and even the general public from around the country and the world become part of a grieving community.

Often emergency response planning does not take into account the long-term needs of victims. These individuals may continue to experience difficulties long after the event or they may find psychological issues will unexpectedly present years later.

Almost immediately after the 9/11 attacks, it became clear that family members would need a broad range of support services. VOICES established an innovative approach to providing programs that specifically address the needs of the almost 3,000 families who lost loved ones.