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Homicide is the willful, intentional killing of one human being by another, including murder, manslaughter, and vehicular homicide. Survivors of homicide victims, also called co-victims, are generally defined as the family members, friends, and other loved ones of the victim.
"Survivors of Homicide Victims" is a phrase used to describe those individuals who had special ties of kinship with the person murdered, and who were therefore victimized not only by the loss of someone close but also by the horrific circumstances of that untimely death.
Homicide survivors and co-victims are an underserved and sparsely researched population of crime victims with unique and distinct problems. They need specialized resources in the aftermath of the homicide to lessen its long-term psychological impact, and to help them cope with their grief while restoring control in their lives.
In 2007, Congress designated Sept. 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Robert and Charlotte Hullinger, of Cincinnati, formed Parents of Murdered Children following the 1978 murder of their 19-year-old daughter, Lisa, while she was studying in Germany. The annual day of observance is on the date Lisa was murdered.
The annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims gives us all the opportunity to remember those lost to homicide, and honor their memories. The purpose of this event is to focus on the impact of murder on families, and communities, and ways to support and serve survivors.
This is a time for survivors of homicide to gather, remember and share their loved ones, and to connect with one another.
Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (SHVAM) Inform, Influence, Impact Policy. Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (November 20-December 20) is a month-long effort to educate the public and policymakers about the impact of murder on families and communities and recognize the diverse contributions of the survivor’s movement.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
...but every day of every month of every year is a good day to help someone get free from domestic violence because it happens every day of every month of every year...
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People are silently struggling. Many won't ask for help because they don't want to be a burden to others or they feel there is nothing they can do. Perhaps it may be a matter of pride. They are people with big hearts bright smiles, always willing to help others yet they carry a heavy weight and cry silent tears. Be kind to others, especially if you know they lost a loved one to violence. It is true, you never know what someone is struggling with. Be considerate. Lift someone up if you sense they are having a hard time. Encourage others. Show a little extra love. Be compassionate. Be caring.