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 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.

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OVWA acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.

OVWA does not discriminate in employment or services on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, family or parental status, HIV status, relationship status, past or present military service or any other non-merit factor. 

This website and its database is supported by grant funds awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice through the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Victims of federal crimes are served.