Mission & Vision Statement
MVFR is a national organization of family members of victims of both
homicide and state killings who oppose the death penalty in all cases.
mission is to abolish the death penalty. We advocate for programs and policies that reduce the rate of homicide and promote
crime prevention and alternatives to violence.
support programs that address the needs of victims of violence, enabling them to heal and rebuild their lives.
In Healing from the loss of a loved one, murder victim family members can experience
reconciliation in many different ways: with God, with society, sometimes even with the offender. Murder Victims’ Families
for Reconciliation is committed to promoting healing through reconciliation rather than continuing the cycle of violence through
retribution and vengeance.
MVFR is a non-religious organization that includes people of a wide variety
of faith and belief systems. Because violent crime cuts across a broad spectrum of society, we are committed to racial and
Membership is open to all family members of victims of homicide or execution who support
MVFR’s goals. Associate membership is open to all individuals and organizations that wish to support and participate
in our work.
Contributions are encouraged (tax deductible) but are not required for membership.
in 1976, MVFR works actively in the areas of Public Education, Policy Reform, and Victim Support. Examples include:
· Sponsored annual intensive speaking tour, Journey of Hope…from violence to Healing, reaching
thousands face to face with a message of reconciliation.· Conducting site visits to targeted areas to educate communities
and increase local participation.
· Co-Founded and sponsored Peace
Studies/Alternatives to Violence, a prisoner run program teaching non violent conflict resolution to inmates at Augusta Correctional
Center in Virginia.
· Educating lawmakers and prosecutors on the needs of victims, emphasizing restoration over retribution
· Initiating State and Local MVFR chapters and affiliate groups
· Working with victims and victims
organizations to address areas of shared concern
for offender accountability. As victims, we understand that society must be protected from those who would cause us harm.
However, the death penalty and the approach to crime that it represents is not the answer.
The death penalty
consumes massive economic and human resources that are more effectively spent on crime prevention and helping victims. Join
with MVFR in seeking positive and pro-active solutions that will truly make our communities safer.