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The Everytown Survivor Network is a nationwide community of survivors working together to end gun violence. The Survivor Network connects survivors to each other, amplifies the power of survivor voices, offers trauma-informed programs, provides information on direct services, and supports survivors who choose to become advocates. 

Who is a survivor of gun violence?

The Everytown Survivor Network welcomes anyone who has personally experienced gun violence—whether you have witnessed an act of gun violence, been threatened or wounded with a gun, or had someone you know and cared for wounded or killed. This can include but is not limited to gun homicides, gun suicides, domestic violence involving a gun and unintentional shootings. 

People may use different words to describe living through gun violence: Some may use “victim,” others may use “survivor.” Some use neither. Knowing that each person experiences trauma and healing differently, we use the word “survivor“ to acknowledge pain and resilience—and to recognize the unacceptable daily consequences of gun violence that are the reality for too many Americans.

What does the Everytown Survivor Network offer?

Connections and support

Through the Everytown SurvivorsConnect peer support program and local and national events, volunteers, survivors, or individuals who are part of the Everytown Survivor Network can find emotional support and community. The Everytown Survivor Network offers events throughout the year that focus on creating space for survivors of gun violence to be with and learn from one another. The Network also provides support groups focused on recovering from trauma and grief, trauma-informed programs and trainings, access to online mental health counseling, and information and resources on coping with the consequences of gun violence.

Raising awareness

Survivors are leaders in educating the public and policymakers about the realities of gun violence. Survivors speak out in many different ways, including sharing stories in their communities, on the Moments That Survive story wall and participating in the Everytown Survivor Network Fellowship program to raise awareness about the impact of gun violence.

Advocating for safer communities

Many survivors, if and when they feel ready, choose to participate in local, state and national gun violence prevention campaigns to keep our communities safe both through the Everytown Survivor Fellowship Program and in partnership with Moms Demand Action chapters across the country.

Attend an event

Throughout the year, we offer events that focus on creating space for survivors of gun violence to be with and learn from one another. 

Join a Support Group

The Everytown Survivor Network hosts support groups throughout the year available to those impacted by gun violence. The Survivor Network also hosts specific groups for bereaved parents, survivors of gun suicide loss, those wounded by gun violence, and others. The goal of these groups is to create a space for connection and healing for those who have experienced loss from gun violence. If you are interested in joining, the best way to find out about upcoming support groups is to join our email list, by joining the Everytown Survivor Network. You can access our workbook to accompany our support group on grief and healing below.

Share your story on Moments That Survive

Moments that Survive is a story wall for those whose lives have been forever changed by gun violence.

Everytown Survivor Network Grant Program

In 2021, the Everytown Survivor Network launched a grant program to provide funding to community-based organizations that provide direct services to individuals that have been personally impacted by gun violence. To date, the Everytown Survivor Network has distributed $320,000 in grants to 38 organizations with a demonstrated track record of supporting survivors of gun violence in their local communities.

Join the Everytown Survivor Network

Join a nationwide community of survivors working together to end gun violence.

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