For Immediate Release - July 09, 2014

MOVA, Boston Medical Center to Launch Resiliency Center for Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Boston - Attorney General Martha Coakley and the state’s Victim and Witness Assistance Board unanimously approved the selection of Boston Medical Center (BMC) to manage operations of a Massachusetts Resiliency Center to assist victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The center will be funded with up to $1.9 million of federal grant money administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and operations will be overseen by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA).

The Resiliency Center will serve as a centralized gathering place for survivors and their families and serve as a resource to connect them with services in their local communities including expert trauma, mental health, hearing loss, and other specialized rehabilitation services. The center will utilize online forums to connect survivors with one another and will provide trainings on topics related to recovery efforts via expert webinars and video/tele-conferencing to ensure access to services regardless of geographic location.

“Survivors of the Boston Marathon attacks have demonstrated a great strength,” AG Coakley said. “We can’t change what happened but we can give them what they need to support their own resiliency. By implementing a host of coordinated programs and services, this center will be able to address the unique individual needs of survivors in the near and long term.”

“There is an acute need for this type of center given the broad distribution of victims that spans all of Massachusetts, over 30 states, and 5 countries,” said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director.  “Currently, no such center exists in the Commonwealth to serve this specialized victim population and their unique, long-term needs.  This center is intended to enhance peer-to-peer connections between those impacted by these events, as well as increase their ease of access to effective and coordinated services through one entry point.”

“We are honored to be part of this important collaborative effort to create a model of comprehensive care delivery for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing,” said Kate Walsh, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center.  “All of us at Boston Medical Center are very proud of the work of our caregivers and staff following the Marathon Bombings and equally proud of the compassionate and exceptional care we provide to victims of violence every single day. This new Center is a perfect reflection of that commitment and will be a critical resource in supporting the bombing victims as they move forward.”

”The Resiliency Center will be a hub for effective service delivery to victims/survivors who were impacted by the tragic events of April 15, 2013. Services will be strengths-based, resilience- oriented and recovery-dedicated”, according to Director, Kermit Crawford, Ph.D.

Therapies, services, and trainings provided by the center are available free-of-charge to anyone impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings including those who were injured, their family members, first responders, or to the general public who were directly or indirectly affected by the bombings or events that followed.  

Victims can receive these services immediately by calling (844) STRONG-1. A victim advisory panel will be established to determine the permanent location for the center that will emphasize accessibility and convenience for those severely injured or with disabilities. Until a final determination is made, BMC will continue to house the center and advocates providing services and referrals beginning in August.

The Resiliency Center is the latest of approved services being administered by MOVA in response to the Boston Marathon bombing attacks.  In addition to the center, counseling services, behavioral health supports, and deaf and hard of hearing services have been created and are currently available to help this victim population. All services can be accessed through the Resiliency Center at (844) STRONG-1 or by visiting MOVA’s website at www.mass.gov/mova.

About MOVA
MOVA is an independent state agency governed by the Victim and Witness Assistance Board (VWAB).  The VWAB is chaired by Attorney General Martha Coakley, includes District Attorney’s Jonathan Blodgett and C. Samuel Sutter and Public/Victim Members Evelyn Tobin and Josh Moulton.  The mission of MOVA is to empower all crime victims and witnesses in Massachusetts through survivor-informed policy development, fund administration, training, and equitable service delivery.