Information for Survivors of Homicide Victims
The Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, Victim / Witness Division, recognizes the many needs of survivors of homicide victims and offers adults and children a safe supportive place to talk. An adult support group and an adult informational meeting are offered each month. All information shared is kept confidential within the group.
All support groups meet in the Montgomery County Courts Building, 41 N Perry Street, Second Floor Courtroom, from 6 pm until 7:30 pm. Adult meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month while groups for children are held only on the fourth Monday. The groups are a free service. For more information and group specifics, please call the Victim / Witness Division at 937-225-5623.
- What services are available?
Although most deaths caused by homicide are prosecuted, we offer continued support for the homicide survivor, regardless of the possibility of criminal prosecution. We are also available to provide the following additional services:
- Information regarding the police investigation
- Information on the role of the Coroner and information regarding funeral arrangements
- Orientation to the Criminal Justice System
- 24-hour crisis intervention
- Referrals to social service agencies
- Victim Compensation Information
- Support groups for homicide survivors
Since homicide survivors are not ordinarily involved (as witnesses) in the criminal prosecution, an Advocate will notify survivors of all Court proceedings, arrange a meeting with the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney handling the case, and arrange for someone to accompany them when they go to Court hearings.
- Is there a fee for services?
No. The Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office is committed to the goal of reducing the trauma associated with victimization. We, therefore, strive to assist all victims and witnesses, including homicide survivors, at no cost.
- Who is eligible for services?
The term "Homicide Victim" refers to one whose life has been taken intentionally or recklessly by another individual(s).
The term "Homicide Survivor" refers to individuals who had special ties with someone who was murdered. This can include immediate family, extended family, co-workers, or close friends of the homicide victim.