Mass Victimization: Promising Avenues for Prevention
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 2015
This document is focused on identifying strategies that contribute to preventing, not predicting, incidents of targeted violence that result in mass casualty events. It is the result of a multi-agency collaborative conference held at Quantico, Virginia, in August of 2013. Seven promising avenues for prevention that emerged from this effort: 1) Prepare – preparation is essential - a mass victimization event can happen anywhere at any time, 2) utilize multidisciplinary efforts to increase the likelihood of success, 3) enhance and maintain open lines of communication between law enforcement and the local community, 4) create and manage a threat assessment team or equivalent capability, 5) support and advance education and awareness efforts in the community, 6) understand the myths of mental illness, and 7) conduct table top exercises devoted to preventing these events from occurring in the community. Accompanying each of these promising avenues is not only a summary of a preventive strategy thought to be viable, but also references to both academic and practitioner evidence that suggests such efforts may be effective in curbing violence in our communities and providing the initial foundation for an evidence-based approach to this topic.