Families of Homicide Victims

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For Familes of Homicide Victims

See the list of Safe Horizon's Families of Homicide Victims service locations below for telephone and address information if you need support.

Losing a loved one to because of homicide can be a heartbreaking experience. Feelings of grief, shame, and isolation may overwhelm you. The stigma associated with murder often makes it difficult for surviving family members to find solace among their friends or within their community as well.

Safe Horizon’s Families of Homicide Victims services have helped people cope with the murder of loved ones since 1979. Our experienced counselors are here to help you deal with your emotions and assist you with the practical issues that arise, including funeral expenses and assistance navigating the criminal justice system.

Families of Homicide services also offer support groups with others who have had similar experiences. If you live in New York City, you may also receive in-person help dealing with homicide.

Services for Families Who Have Lost a Loved One to Homicide

The following assistance is available in New York City. Please contact our Hotlines or view Additional Resources to find support in your area.

Assistance with applications to the Crime Victims Board (CVB)
CVB is a New York State program that offers financial assistance to people who have lost a loved one due to a homicide. Survivors may be eligible for burial expenses and/or compensation for lost earnings.

Advocacy
As a liaison between families, police, offices of the district attorney, department of correction and division of parole, FOHV will help you and your family stay informed about your case.

Accompaniment
FOHV will accompany you and your family to court. We offer emotional support and guidance on how to navigate the criminal justice system.

Individual and Family Counseling

Support Groups

Educational Presentations and Technical Assistance
FOHV is available to educate communities and service providers on the issues faced by individuals may face when they lose a loved one to homicide.

To Help the Healing Process

The healing process can be lengthy and varies from person to person. The most important point to remember is to take care of yourself. The following suggestions may help:

  • Expect to have good and bad days.
  • Share your feelings with others.
  • Express your feelings through writing or physical activity.
  • Give yourself permission to laugh, cry and get angry.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat regularly, even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Do the things that make you feel good.

Families of Homicide Victims: Service Locations

Brooklyn Community Office
Families of Homicide Victims Program
189 Montague Street, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 834-6688

Bronx Community Office
Families of Homicide Victims Program
2530 Grand Concourse, 7th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: (718) 933-1000 x20 or x24

Manhattan Community Office
Families of Homicide Victims Program
1753 Park Avenue
New York, New York, 10035
(212) 316-2100, ext. 6191

Queens Community Office
Families of Homicide Victims Program
74-09 37th Avenue, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11372
Phone: (718)899-1233 x147

Staten Island Community Office
Families of Homicide Victims Program
30 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (718) 720-2591

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

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