VictimsFirst helps support victims of mass shootings and their families.
Anita Busch, first president of Victims First and co-founder of the National Compassion Fund, appeared on KPRC 2+ to discuss how the organization provides for families and communities experiencing mass shootings.
Busch’s family suffered through two mass shootings, the theater shooting in Aurora and the Route 91 concert in Vegas. After his cousin, Micayla, was murdered in the movie theater massacre in Aurora, CO, which left 12 dead (and an unborn baby) and 70 injured, Busch helped create a new charitable giving model to ensure that 100% of donations collected for victims of mass crimes actually go directly to those victims.
Busch brought together parents and family members of those killed on 9/11, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple and Sandy Hook – to develop the National Compassion Fund protocol that was used after several masses. loss-making crimes including Ft. Hood, Aurora, CO, Chattanooga, Orlando Pulse, Las Vegas, Charlottesville, Parkland, Santa Fe, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Aurora, IL, El Paso, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Indianapolis. She served as a victim specialist/advocate helping the Ventura County Community Fund distribute donations to survivors after the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is a principal co-founder of the National Compassion Fund and is currently a mass violence relief specialist and advisor to the Fund. To date, she has personally assisted victims/survivors and/or communities behind the scenes of over 35 high casualty crimes.
For 7 and a half years, she interviewed the families of mass shooting victims, these physically and mentally injured survivors to develop Best Practices for Mass Crime, a trauma-informed document that helps communities organize themselves. after these tragic events without re-victimizing the victims. Best practices have been shared by politicians, mass shooting victims and communities across the country and around the world.
For Busch’s ideas, watch the video at the top of the page.
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