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The National Center for Victims of Crime statement on the Navy Yard Victims Fund and victims assistance resources

September 25, 2013

Contact:   Kath Cummins
                Director for Public Affairs

The National Center for Victims of Crime is pleased to support to the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region’s fund for victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting.

The Navy Yard Relief Fund has been set up to give 100 per cent of donor contributions directly to the families of the victims and those injured in the attack.

Crime victims face many hurdles to rebuilding their lives. In addition to the costs of physical recovery and treating mental trauma, many victims will struggle to work and pay bills, and families who have lost their primary income earner face being financially devastated.

“This Fund will be an important source of support for these families and individuals in the months ahead,” said Mai Fernandez, The National Center’s Executive Director.

“The Navy Yard Relief Fund is a way for the public to reach out directly to the victims in this tragedy, knowing that every dollar they give will reach them,” she said.

The Community Foundation has experience in managing assistance for victims, having run the $25 million Survivors Fund for the Pentagon victims after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

You can read more about the Navy Yard relief fund here: http://www.thecommunityfoundation.org/site/c.ihLSJ5PLKuG/b.8807243/k.345F/Community_Foundation_Announces_Launch_of_Two_New_Funds_in_Response_to_Navy_Yard_Tragedy.htm

The form for donating to the families and victims is here:


The National Center also drew attention today to the important trauma resources being provided to victims, witnesses and survivors of the Navy Yard Shooting.

Mayor Vincent Gray has established a 24 hour Navy Yard Victim Assistance Response Line on 1-866.962.5048.

Individuals living and working in the neighborhood can make use of the helpline, as well as those directly impacted by the shooting. Trained advocates are available to connect survivors to victim advocacy through the Network for Victim Recovery (www.nvrdc.org), crime victim compensation through the DC Superior Court Crime Victim Compensation Program, and trauma-informed therapy and counseling services through the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (www.wendtcenter.org).  Short and long term options are available, as well as options for help in Virginia and Maryland.

The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.