When a person is murdered, the loved ones they leave behind are also victims. Survivors of homicide victims have unique emotional and practical needs. One immediate need families face is paying for their loved one's funeral and burial costs. A proper funeral and burial is an essential step in the healing process.
Many families are re-traumatized when they are eventually denied by Victim Compensation because of a clause in the state statute that requires a family's claim be reduced or denied in the event their loved one "contributed to" their own death.
When families are denied Victim Compensation, they're punished for their loved one's actions. The Peace Institute believes it is a human right to lay your loved one to rest with respect and dignity, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their death.
In response to this urgent need, the Peace Institute crafted legislation to amend victim compensation so that no families of murder victims can be denied reimbursement for modest funeral and burial costs.
Representative Evandro Carvalho filed the bill, and Mayor Marty Walsh adopted H.742 as one of his legislative priorities. Please call your state legislators and ask them to support H.742.
"Hello, my name is ________________ and I'm a constituent. I am calling to ask you to support H.742 "An Act Amending Victim Compensation" so that families of murder victims cannot be denied reimbursement for modest funeral and burial costs in their time of greatest need. All families deserve to lay their loved one to rest with respect so that they can begin the healing process. Please actively support H.742. Thank you."
You can find your legislators here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
Thank you for supporting survivors.