Nothing in life prepares any of us to face the undeserved consequences of criminal violence. When a loved one is murdered, families and friends must confront the reality that another human being chose to take the life of a son, a daughter, a spouse, a parent, family member or friend. Then they must deal with the criminal justice system in the hope that the responsible individual will be apprehended and held responsible for the criminal actions that will forever change so many lives.
In the immediate aftermath, such families face overwhelming trauma and emotions: fear, raw anger, grief as well as the physical and financial consequences of the crime. And while many families will be supported during a mourning period and funeral, they often become isolated and alone. The world expects them to get on with their lives, when the work of true grieving is only beginning.
The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC) invites families and friends of homicide victims to participate in a peer support group that understands and works together to offer hope and promote healing in the journey through grief and trauma. MCVRC welcomes individuals, families and friends to benefit from this free support service whether or not there has been an arrest or prosecution. You will be supported by fellow survivors in a safe, comfortable environment. To participate with the group, you are asked to call MCVRC at 301-952-0063 and to do an intake with an advocate.
The group normally meets on alternating Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM at the Upper Marlboro office.
We deeply regret that this life altering event has shattered your life. MCVRC has a long history of achievement and service and believes that together we can survive and make a difference for each other and for others.
⚠ During this COVID 19 pandemic, the sessions have been temporarily suspended. We hope to resume the group as soon as it is safe to do so. If you register for the group, you will need to provide an email address and phone number and the group facilitator will communicate with you. ⚠