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5.10 Counseling

The family, the core group, and the community in general will be under stress. Be sure that counseling services are made available. Contact area ministers and social service agencies. Available counseling services vary from state to state. For example, in Texas, the Victims of Crime Act Grant provides money for counseling secondary victims of violent crime. The Grant is administered by the Criminal Justice Division of the state Governor's office and contact can be made through the local Council of Governments.

Families of victims may be eligible for compensation for lost wages and medical, counseling, and burial expenses. Local law enforcement agencies may be aware of these programs.


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