Survivors' Program

Survivors' Program

The Survivors' Program addresses the needs of families of homicide and vehicular homicide victims. The program serves 14 counties in Southeast Iowa. This independent program addresses the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted in felony death cases (whether or not charges are filed), such as murder suicides, unsolved, or acquitted cases.

The Survivors' Program employees are certified through the Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance and members of the Linn County Child Death Review Team, the Iowa Death Investigators Association (IHIA) and the International Homicide Investigators Association.

Program Benefits

The program provides immediate and long-term support and strives to enhance coping skills, empower victims to regain control over their lives, facilitate the use of appropriate resources and make referrals whenever appropriate to lessen any secondary trauma. The Survivors' Program benefits include:

  • Emergency crisis support
  • Court accompaniment
  • Case coordination through investigation, prosecution, and post-sentencing
  • Assistance in filing for financial compensation for crime related expenses
  • Post-conviction support
  • Community education and professional training
  • Victim Impact Panels

Need to talk?

Survivor Link is an opportunity to link those who have experienced the death of their loved one due to murder or a vehicular homicide. Many people benefit from talking to others that can relate, or are at different places in the grieving process. If you are interested in receiving the support of a peer, please contact

Local support group schedule:

Cedar Rapids area victim support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm in the Schwartz Center (Room C) at St. Luke's Hospital, 1026 A Avenue NE.

Important Information

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is available online, or by phone at 1-888-7-IAVINE (1-888-742-8463).

The Iowa Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, hosts a page for Crime Victim Assistance Services, including information on the Crime Victim Compensation Program.

The Crime Victim Assistance division can also be reached by phone at 1-800-373-5044.

The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner has a website loaded with valuable FAQs, including a downloadable Request for Autopsy Report Form.

Serving loved ones of homicide victims:

Summer 2015 Survivors Newsletter

Spring 2015 Survivors Newsletter

Winter 2015 Survivors Newsletter

Fall 2014 Survivors Newsletter

How to Help

The Survivors Program is always accepting new volunteers. Donations are welcome. Click here to learn more.