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Victim advocate workers needed

To compensate for the lack of local services, volunteers are needed to assist with victims of domestic violence, assault or emergencies in Grand Canyon and Tusayan.

Victim services are managed at the county level and are based in Flagstaff.

"Volunteers link victims to resources," said Xanterra Employee Assistance Counselor Elizabeth Davis, who worked with law enforcement rangers last year to begin developing an intervention network. "They direct them where to get restraining orders, they provide support and they provide crisis counseling."

She is compiling a list of those interested in training, which is conducted here by representatives from the county's Victim/Witness Services in Flagstaff.

Potential volunteers must undergo an interview, background check and fingerprinting.

There are seven trained volunteers currently. They are generally on 24-hour call on a rotating weekly schedule and they make contact with the victim after the crime scene has been cleared.

Davis said that the Grand Canyon community has characteristics that make its residents susceptible to domestic violence because of its isolation, transience, low-income population and close quarters.

According to Davis, domestic violence affects one in three Arizona residents and state-wide, every five minutes a law enforcement official responds to a domestic violence call. Every 39 minutes, one or more children witness a domestic violence incident.

For more information or to join the list, contact Davis at 638-6024.

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