Survivors' Program

Survivors' Program

The Survivors' Program addresses the needs of violent crime victims and the families and friends of homicide and vehicular homicide victims. The program serves 14 counties in Southeast Iowa and has offices in Linn, Benton, and Jefferson Counties. This program addresses the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by violent crime including felony death cases (whether or not charges are filed).

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

Program Benefits

The program provides immediate and long-term support, enhancing coping skills while empowering victims to regain control over their lives, lessening secondary trauma whenever possible.

The Survivors' Program benefits include:

  • Emergency crisis support
  • Facilitating communication between law enforcement, the County Attorney's office, and the victim
  • 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

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 survivors@horizonsfamily.org.

Local support group schedule:

The Cedar Rapids area Survivors Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm at Horizons (819 5th St. SE, Cedar Rapids). If you are interested in joining this group, please contact us at 319-398-3943 or email survivors@horizonsfamily.org.

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: survivors@horizonsfamily.org.

How to Help

The Survivors Program is always accepting new volunteers.

Donations are welcome. Click here to learn more.