For Immediate Release - January 14, 2014

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) Obtains $8.3 Million to Support Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston:-  Since the Boston Marathon bombings last April, MOVA has worked closely with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to secure $8,355,648 in grant funding to support direct services and supports for victims, witnesses, first responders, and others impacted by this terrorist event.

Funding is provided by the Antiterrorism Emergency Assistance Program Grant (AEAP) which is administered by OVC.  This award will cover costs, both incurred and anticipated, for organizations providing crisis intervention, trauma-informed counseling, physical and vocational rehabilitation services, services for the deaf and hard of hearing, and other services essential to victim recovery and healing.

“MOVA has worked diligently with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and our federal, state, and local partners, to serve those impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombing, while planning a longer term solution to meet their evolving needs in the years to come”, said Liam Lowney, Executive Director of MOVA.  “We are grateful to OVC for their continued support in developing a response that is tailored to specifically address the physical and emotional injuries caused to so many individuals, their families, and our community as a whole by this tragedy.”

MOVA engaged government, private, and community-based agencies serving those impacted by the bombing to develop an informed proposal and application.  The approved application addresses the varied types of injury caused by the event over the short and long term.  Given the broad geographic dispersion of victims who were impacted by the bombings and events that followed, a Resiliency Center and online services will be established to serve as a centralized resource for victims to connect with needed services in their area.

“We applaud MOVA for the critical work they have already done to serve victims and coordinate the long term response to the marathon bombing,” said AG Martha Coakley, Chair of the Victim and Witness Assistance Board.  “This grant will help ensure that effort reaches all victims suffering from physical or emotional trauma.  We thank the DOJ for making these funds available for this critical work.”

To learn more about the victim services available through this funding, please visit MOVA’s website at www.mass.gov/mova, or call 855-970-MOVA (6682).