For Immediate Release - April 22, 2013

Resources Available to Victims of the Boston Marathon Attack

AG Coakley and MOVA Coordinate Victim Response; Provide Information about Resources, Services and Financial Support

BOSTON - In response to the Boston Marathon attack, Attorney General Martha Coakley and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) are providing information about the resources, services and financial support available to victims of the marathon bombing.

MOVA and the AG’s Office have provided several links on their websites to the many services available to those affected by this tragic event.   Both are working together to coordinate with federal, state, and local providers to ensure consistent information about the growing resources that are available to victims.  Those resources can be found on their websites at www.mass.gov/mova and at www.mass.gov/ago.

The comprehensive services listed include trauma support, counseling, bereavement groups, financial resources, and many others.  Services are free of charge, available to victims of any age, and services are located throughout the state.  Eligibility for services will be determined by the service provider.

The Victim Compensation Fund, administered by the AG’s Office, assists eligible victims and their families with expenses that are not covered by other funding sources. The Attorney General's Victim Compensation & Assistance Division is able, by statute, to provide financial assistance to eligible victims of violent crime for uninsured medical and dental care, mental health counseling, funeral and burial costs, and loss of income or financial support as a result of crime-related injury. The AG's Victim Compensation & Assistance Division is funded largely by fines levied against perpetrators of crime. More information can be found at www.mass.gov/ago/victimcompensation or by calling the Division’s Duty Line at 617-727-2200, ext. 2160.

In addition to specialized resources, MOVA also funds a variety of other victim services available to help crime victims address the impact of violence.  The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance is an independent state agency devoted to advocating for and assisting crime victims in the state, and was established in 1984 with the enactment of the Commonwealth's first Victim Bill of Rights. MOVA's activities are governed by the Victim and Witness Assistance Board, which is chaired by AG Coakley.  For information on all MOVA services, please call MOVA at 617-584-1340 or visit the website at www.mass.gov/mova.

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