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Victim Witness Services available at Grand Canyon

Victim Witness Services offers a variety of resources and support throughout Coconino County, including within Grand Canyon National Park. (Abigial Kessler/WGCN)

Victim Witness Services offers a variety of resources and support throughout Coconino County, including within Grand Canyon National Park. (Abigial Kessler/WGCN)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. —October was a big month for the Victim Witness Services (VWS) in the Grand Canyon area.

Throughout October, VWS hosted events to raise awareness of domestic violence with the hope of providing resources to those in the community who might be suffering from domestic violence and to those who might need help but not know who to turn to.

“Rural communities can be inviting to abusers due to the perceived lack of resources for victims and because living in a small community can be a function of local employment and therefore foster dependency,” VWS wrote in their event announcement. “We hope to empower the community to think creatively about ways to work to end domestic violence and help victims hear that they are not alone.”

Events included an awareness walk near the school campus featuring interactive exhibits, a community discussion about recognizing and addressing emotionally abusive marriages and a scavenger hunt throughout the park. If you were wondering about the poster boards with purple ribbons and a single adjective, this is what they were for. VWS has also been posting weekly YouTube videos on healthy relationships.

Though Domestic Violence Awareness month has ended, VWS will be continuing to provide support and services to the GC community. In the past week, for instance, they have begun giving away winter clothing to any locals who might need it.

To get help or learn more about VWS operations in the area, visit vwscoconino.org or call 928-856-7676.

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