Resources for Victims’ Families

The Coalition recognizes the healing process for victims’ families is a difficult journey.

Following are some resources to help those left behind when violence takes a life in our society:


  • National Center for Victims of Crime – support hotline to speak with victim advocates, receive referrals to support services.
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance – promotes victim rights and services through national advocacy, direct services to victims and assistance to professional colleagues.
  • Office for Victims of Crime – oversees diverse programs that benefit victims of crime.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance – provides educational resources to those at risk of developing PTSD.
  • Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation – a national organization comprised of family members of murder victims and family members of those who have been executed. Advocates alternatives to the death penalty, crime prevention programs and supports programs to address the needs of victims of violence.
  • Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights – is an organization with a national and international focus actively working to abolish the death penalty. MVFHR members are murder victims’ family members and family members of the executed who are opposed to killing in all cases whether it be homicide, state killing, or extrajudicial killings and “disappearances.”
  • Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing – is an organization led by murder victim family members joined by death row family members, family members of the executed, the exonerated, and others with stories to tell, that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty.
  • Victim Offender Mediation Association – provides resources, training, and technical assistance in victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circles, and related restorative justice practices.
  • Campaign for Equity-Restorative Justice
  • Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc. (FOHVAMP) – is a nonprofit organization working in colorado to find, support and empower families suffering from a loved one’s murder or long-time disappearance.
  • Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty – The Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty Project was created to galvanize and empower the religious community in the United States to work against capital punishment. Coordinated by the American Friends Service Committee’s criminal justice program, the Project provides people of faith with the tools and resources they need to become effective advocates for abolition.
  • Lamp of Hope Project – project started by Texas death row inmates aiming to educate the public about alternatives to the death penalty, and support the families of victims and of prisoners.




Law Reviews

  • Symposium: Pamela Blume Leonard, Michael Mears, John H. Blume, Stephen P. Garvey, Samuel R. Gross, Richard Burr, et al.: “Victims and the Death Penalty: Inside and Outside the Courtroom,” 88 Cornell Law Review 257 (2003).
  • Vivian Berger, “Payne and suffering – a personal reflection and a victim-centered critique,” 20 Florida State University Law Review 21 (1992).

This list was compiled from DPIC and MVFR.