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Assistance for Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings

Assistance for Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings

The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Crimes can have a devastating effect on victims and their families who may need assistance coping with the impact. Providing information and assistance to victims of the bombings is an important part of our work.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates and provide these victims with information, assistance services, and resources. The FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) is uniquely suited to provide emergency assistance to victims of domestic and international terrorism and mass violence crimes due to its national and international scope and extensive experience in responding to more than 13,000 victims of these crimes. 

If you were injured or witnessed the Boston Marathon bombings, you may be eligible for certain services and rights, including special funding to provide emergency assistance, crime victim compensation, and counseling. Additional information about these resources can be found at website links listed below. If you have not spoken to an FBI victim specialist, please contact the FBI Office for Victim Assistance at bostonmarathon.victimassistance@ic.fbi.gov. Some things to consider:

  • Were you physically injured as a result of the bombings?
  • Were you an eye witness in direct proximity to the bombings without suffering physical injury?
  • Were you displaced from your home as a result of the bombings?
  • Was your residence damaged as a result of the bombings?
  • Was your business damaged as a result of the bombings?
  • Were you interviewed by law enforcement regarding the bombings?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please complete this online questionnaire. For assistance with completing the online questionnaire, please call 1-866-828-5320.

Additionally, One Fund Boston has been established as a central depository for charitable contributions to benefit victims of the bombings. The injured, their families, and the families of the deceased are asked to register with One Fund Boston online or by calling (toll-free) 1-855-617-FUND to receive more information. The final protocol and claim forms will be available on onefundboston.org by May 15, 2013. Mailings will be sent out to potential claimants. The deadline to register for benefits is June 15, 2013. Claims will be reviewed by June 30, when payments will be distributed.

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