Virtual National Town Halls on Mass Violence


The National Town Hall on Mass Violence is sponsored by the NMVC with support from the Office for Victims of Crime. This quarterly series provides the best evidence-based mass violence readiness, response and resiliency/recovery resources and practices for:

  • Mass violence victims and survivors
  • Victim/ survivor assistance professionals
  • Mental and behavioral health professionals
  • Law enforcement and criminal justice officials
  • Allied professionals

This event is an ongoing exchange of ideas discussing experiences, lessons learned, and best practices to improve community response to mass violence incidents.


10th Virtual National Town Hall

How to Create a Coordinated, Survivor-centric Community Response Plan for Mass Violence Incidents

May 14, 2024

3:00 - 4:30 PM EDT



Recordings and resources for previous Town Halls.


Trauma Across the Lifespan of Mass Violence Survivors & Impacted Communities (February 22, 2024)

This town hall discusses the range of traumatic reactions, how they vary across age groups, and evidence-based strategies and modalities to help those impacted by mass violence to cope with their trauma and build personal resilience.


Helping the Helpers: Addressing Needs of First Responders Following MVIs (November 30, 2023)

This town hall addresses the perspectives of first responders who have experienced mass violence incidents, the scope of various support services to help first responders' resilience in the aftermath of MVIs, and important resilience skills and strategies needed for first responders.


Road to Recovery for Mass Violence Survivors (August 24, 2023)

This town hall addresses the long-term trauma and trauma cues affecting mass violence survivors and mass violence impacted communities including strategies for both, particularly with regard to annual commemorations and permanent memorials. It also discusses unexpected challenges that may arise in the long-term aftermath of a mass violence incident, and strategies to address them. 


School-based Mass Violence Incidents: Addressing Student, Caregiver, and School Personnel Impact (May 25, 2023)

This Town Hall addresses preparedness strategies for mental health response for students and staff in the aftermath of a mass violence incident, the role of victim service professionals in preparing and responding to school shootings, long-term strategies, interventions, and resources to promote resilience, and lessons learned from previous responses to school shootings.


Hate-motivated Mass Violence Crimes: Addressing Victim, Survivor & Community Impact (Feb. 23, 2023)

This Town Hall provides an overview of scope and prevalence of mass violence crimes motivated by hate, the individual and collective impact of hate-motivated mass violence crimes as well as offers effective strategies to address community impact and build resilience.


Recovery and Resilience (Oct. 13, 2022)

Presenters for this Town Hall describe long-term impact of mass violence crimes, discussed mission and scope of services of a Resiliency Center, describe effective resiliency strategies to support individuals and communities, as well as offer several lessons learned from the NMVVRC Resiliency Center Directors Forum.


Response (July 14, 2022)

This Town Hall describes roles of the FBI and other government agencies in response to mass violence as well as review of initial response centers and Family Assistance Centers, effective strategies to address needs of victims, and early intervention approaches. Note: This Town Hall was not recorded due to restrictions of several presenters. An abbreviated slide deck is provided as well.


Readiness (May 5, 2022)

This Town Hall describes services and resources available from the Office of Victims of Crime related to mass violence readiness, response and resilience.


Overview of Mass Violence Resources (Jan. 27, 2022)

This Town Hall describes services and resources available from the Office of Victims of Crime related to mass violence readiness, response and resilience.


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