$2.9M grant announced to support victims of Aurora movie theater shooting

AURORA, Colo. - The federal government announced a $2.9 million grant award Wednesday to pay for support services for the victims of the shootings in the Aurora movie theater.

“The physical, emotional and financial impact of such crimes can be devastating, leaving victims and emergency personnel in urgent need of services to reduce trauma and restore a sense of normalcy to their lives," said Joye Frost, acting director of the Office for Victims of Crime. "This award will aid victims in their recovery and participation in the criminal justice process.”

The total number of victims of the shooting is more than 1,500.  That includes the 12 killed, 70 wounded and their families, other people in the theater complex at that time, people evacuated from an apartment complex where explosive devices were discovered, and first responders to the emergency.  

The Colorado Department of Public Safety is the primary recipient of the three-year grant.  CDPS will provide funding to other Colorado agencies, including the 18th District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Aurora Mental Health Center, Denver and Aurora Police Departments, and Jefferson and Arapahoe County Sheriffs’ Departments.

More information on the program is available at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov.