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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services Announce New Resource for Children Affected by Violence and Loss

 

“When a life is taken through violence, it impacts every person that life touched. This resource is designed to help those concerned about the unique needs of grieving children,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that the Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) has unveiled a new web resource to provide information about child bereavement programs across Wisconsin. The guide, available through the DOJ's website, lists organizations where parents, guardians and loved ones may find assistance for children affected by a violent death.

 

“When a life is taken through violence, it impacts every person that life touched,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. “This resource is designed to help those concerned about the unique needs of grieving children.”

 

The trauma associated with violence may result in different psychological effects for children. Child bereavement programs typically utilize peer support as well as traditional counseling, art and play therapy, support groups and grief education.

 

The OCVS provides assistance to crime victims and witnesses. It compensates crime victims for medical and related expenses, which they incur as the result of a crime; provides funding to counties for services to victims and witnesses; administers federal funds that go to local victim service providers; and assists victims of crime in understanding and exercising their statutory and constitutional crime victim rights. More information about the OCVS

 

The guide entitled, “Child Bereavement Programs in Wisconsin,” is available at the following link: