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How do we support families and survivors after a shooting?

Lead Agency 

Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)

Interim Director:

Kwelli Sneed

Fiscal Year(s) Funded

FY15 - present

Status 

Ongoing

Contact 

Jeffrey Hill

Jeffrey.Hill4@dc.gov

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Family and Survivor Support

Program Summary 

The Family and Survivor Support Program (FSS) receives incidents from The Metropolitan Police Department  within 24-48 hours of a violent incident.  FSS works with partner agencies to discuss the needs of the survivors and families and then reaches out to the survivors and families. Together with the family they identify needs, set goals, and work towards accomplishing them. 

How does it help? 

The impact of homicide and violence on survivors and family members is broad and deep. Many survivors and families need assistance dealing with trauma, grief, loss, and navigating new financial and other challenges. FSS helps with the application, service support, and referrals such as: 

  • Peer support with service navigation 

  • Adult mental health services 

  • Youth mental health services 

  • Burial assistance 

  • Candlelight vigil support 

  • Vital Records 

  • Violence intervention 

  • Emergency food/clothing assistance 

  • Temporary emergency safe housing

How much is invested?

$240,000 in fiscal year 2023

Who uses this program?

Survivors and family members directly impacted by intense violent crime that occurs in the District. This includes all homicides; all juvenile shootings, stabbings, and assaults; and all adult shootings, stabbings, and assaults related to neighborhood conflict.

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