National Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month
November 20th - December 20th
Approximately every 32.1 minutes, someone is murdered in the United States. With raising national
homicide rates, support for families impacted by violence and awareness of the impact of homicide in
our communities is needed now more than ever. November 20th marked the beginning of National
Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (SHVAM). Enacted in 2000, SHVAM offers an
opportunity to educate the public and policymakers about the effect that murder has on families
and communities, and uplift the peace-building efforts of survivors. SHVAM provides a dedicated
space around the holiday season for survivors to gather in community and celebrate and honor
their loved ones. Let's fight to bring awareness this month to the loved ones we have lost.
To find resources and support for survivors of homicide loss, reach out to these organizations:
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute - www.ldbpeaceinstitute.org
Homicide Survivors Inc. - www.homicidesurvivorsinc.org
Utah Homicide Survivors - www.utahhomicidesurvivors.org
Chicago Survivors - www.chicagosurvivors.org/
VictimConnect Resource Center - www.victimconnect.org
DC Victim Hotline - www.DCvictim.org
Justice for Homicide Victims - www.justiceforhomicidevictims.org
Crime Victims Treatment Center (NYC) - www.cvtcnyc.org
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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Updated 11 September 2023
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