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Survivors of Homicide

Survivors of homicide include the family and friends of a homicide victim that experience a sudden traumatic, life changing loss.  Homicide is not a normal lifespan death or illness.  It is a crime.  Your loved one has been taken from you and the life you once had has forever changed.  As you try to piece your life back together you find that the loss has affected you emotionally, financially and physically.

Please know that it is normal to experience physical symptoms of pain such as tightness in your chest or throat, weakness in muscles, great sensitivity or crying endlessly.  You may feel shock or numbness, sadness or anger, survivor’s guilt, anger, fear or helplessness.  You may experience disrupted sleep patterns, absentmindedness, social withdrawal, painful dreams, avoidance or many other behavior symptoms of grief.  Any one of these symptoms is a typical response to a traumatic event.  Your life as you once knew has been changed forever.  

Coping with a violent death is always difficult.  It is a loss beyond comprehension or reason.  Please remember that you are not alone.  The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has programs across the state of Iowa that work with survivors of homicide.  The programs provide support throughout the judicial process, as well as post conviction.  Click here to find your local program.

If you need someone to talk to about the loss of a loved one, call or text the Iowa Victim Service Call Center.  Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide support to victims and survivors of crime.  All calls are completely free & confidential.  1.800.770.1650 or text IOWAHELP to 20121