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Wisconsin sends crisis responders to Las Vegas in wake of shooting

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Earlier this week, Attorney General Brad Schimel organized and deployed a team of nine victim service crisis response professionals to Nevada to assist victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that took place on October 1.

“Tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting often leave victims searching for answers and struggling to navigate the criminal justice system,” said Attorney General Schimel. “I’m glad Wisconsin was able to respond quickly to begin providing services to victims and their families as they encounter physical, emotional, and financial obstacles. We are grateful for, and proud of, those who will take leave from their families in Wisconsin to help Nevada officials provide service to victims in Las Vegas.”

On Monday, October 10, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt requested assistance from Wisconsin and other states in light of the overwhelming number of victims still in need of assistance. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) quickly assembled a team of trained crisis response and victim professionals from throughout the state, including two from DOJ. The team arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday, and will provide support through Saturday, October 14. Wisconsin victim assistance responders will help victims and family members navigate services and resources, provide crisis counseling and assist with personal effects retrieval. Expenses incurred by this deployment will be covered by federal Victims of Crime Act grant funding. Wisconsin DOJ is prepared to provide further support in the following weeks.

DOJ has gathered the following information for victims and witnesses affected by the shooting:

For individuals still in Las Vegas needing information on assistance, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have established a Family Assistance Center to provide victims and their families with support services and victim resources. The Family Assistance Center offers onsite childcare and is assisted by the American Red Cross, MGM Resorts Human Resources, the FBI Office of Victim Assistance, and other victim specialists. More info at: https://www.lvmpd.com/en-us/Pages/1OctoberFestivalShooting.aspx

The Family Assistance Center is located in the Las Vegas Convention Center (3150 Paradise Rd; Las Vegas, NV 89109). It is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. (Map and flyer attached). Individuals who have questions about available services from the Family Assistance Center can call (702) 455-AIDE (2433).

For families of decedents needing assistance related to the Coroner’s Office processes, if you are still in Las Vegas, you may visit the Family Information Center located at 1704 Pinto Lane in Las Vegas. For families who are unable to travel to the center or have left Las Vegas, a hotline has been established at (702) 455-4281.

For individuals who lost belongings at the scene, as items are recovered, they will be distributed at the Family Assistance Center. If you are no longer in the Las Vegas area, you may fill out the victim questionnaire related to your lost item(s): https://forms.fbi.gov/seeking-victims-of-las-vegas-music-festival-shooting.

For questions about property return, call (702) 455-AIDE (2433) or email LVFestivalAssist@fbi.gov.

 For victims or families of decedents seeking financial assistance with crime related expenses, you may apply for Nevada Crime Victim Compensation. To learn more information about the program or receive an application, visit their website: http://voc.nv.gov/ or call (702) 486-2740.

For individuals affected by the shooting seeking crisis counseling or support, the Disaster Distress Helpline is a toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service. Call 1-800-985-5990. More info at: https://www.ovc.gov/news/las-vegas-nevada.html

Wisconsinites are reminded that OCVS is always available to victims of crimes, providing information about crime victim compensation, victims’ rights, and other victim resources. Contact OCVS toll free at 800-446-6564 or by email at ocvs@doj.state.wi.us.

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