Coping with the Aftermath of a Shooting
The epidemic of gun violence in America has left thousands dead and countless others with trauma in the aftermath of shootings. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. There’s help for victims and survivors of gun violence.
Mass shootings also have a collective impact on entire communities. Further, there is vicarious trauma from watching these tragedies unfold on the media. Children and youth can be particularly affected by stories of boys and girls getting shot in their classrooms, neighborhoods and places of worship.
It is especially important to know where to get help when you need it. Please use our collection of resources for coping with the impact of gun violence.
Resources for Victims and Survivors of Gun Violence
Connect with fellow survivors, access victim services and get empowered by honoring those taken by gun violence. Here are some leading support groups for people directly affected by gun violence.
- Trauma Survivors Network
- Directory of Crime Victim Services
- Survivors Empowered
- Gun Violence Survivors Foundation
- The Rebels Project
- National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence
Resources for Helping Children Cope with Gun Violence Tragedies
Learn how to talk with children about violence, handle the disturbing content they may see, and more. Here are just a few of the many resources available.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Talking to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War
- How to talk to children about shootings: An age-by-age guide
- Helping children cope: Tips for talking about tragedy
- How to talk to your children about mass shootings, bombings, and other tragedies in the news
Share Your Story
It can generally be healthy and meaningful to speak out about your experiences. With this in mind, we have an easy-to-fill-out online form that just takes a couple of minutes to complete. Because your voice matters, please share your story here. If you’re more comfortable, feel free to email our Communications Director, Aimee Thunberg.