Addressing the Needs of Homicide Co-Victims in Ohio
Every homicide creates more than one victim. In addition to the individual lives taken, each act of homicide alters the lives of families and friends. OVWA, in collaboration with partners throughout the state of Ohio and with grant support, conducted a landmark needs assessment of services for homicide co-victims in 2020. Drawing from this comprehensive assessment, OVWA developed several policy recommendations and a plan to bridge the gap in services for Ohio's co-victims.
In 2023, OVWA, in collaboration with our partners and with JAG grant support from OCJS, released Trauma-Informed Services for Co-Victims of Homicide: A Best Practice Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals and Allied Partners. This guide is intended for use by anyone who serves co-victims of homicide and is available for download HERE.