The Victim Support Foundation is a not for profit, non-governmental organization that provides victims of violent crime with professional emotional, mental and practical support since 2011. These services help them cope with, and overcome, the trauma and practical challenges that are associated with the effects of crime.
There is a local need to ensure that victims get healthy responses to their crises. As such, local responders should acknowledge the need for proper self maintenance and access emotional and mental first aid when necessary. To meet this need, we make this first aid accessible by being there and applying the relevant intervention techniques to our local crisis responders.
In an effort to support victims in times of trauma, since 2013 we have pursued training and certification in the area of Crisis Intervention, which seeks to offer emotional and mental first aid to first responders and victims after a crisis. We were trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Model accredited by the University of Baltimore Maryland, and facilitated by expert crisis interventionists from 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, Maryland Riots, 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina.
Our team at Victim Support Foundation is registered with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) of the United States of America offering an international volunteer network of intervention support.
We stand ready to support your pre-incident protocols in preparation for serving first responders. We were trained in: 1-1 support immediately following an incident, through Crisis Management Briefings (CMBs) to provide information on possible emotional reactions people might experience and what they can do to help mitigate them; and weeks after an incident, Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISDs).
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