The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has launched a monthly support group for survivors of homicide victims.
The first meeting of the Survivors of Homicide Support Group was held on June 6, District Attorney Jeff Reisig said. Meetings take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Woodland Police Department, 1000 Lincoln Ave.
Due to the Fourth of July holiday, the support group’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 1. The group is open to all survivors of homicide, regardless of when or where the loss occurred or whether the incident was prosecuted, Reisig said.
The District Attorney’s Victim Services Program, together with the iCAN Crime Victims Assistance Network Foundation, planned and organized this program, which is unique to survivors of homicide victims in Yolo County.
“The number of survivors of homicide obtaining services from our victim advocates has remained steady for the past several years,” Reisig said. “When you add all those victims up year after year, listen to their stories, see their strength and desire to persevere, it was abundantly clear to me that a support group like this was long overdue in our community.”
Laura Valdes, victim services program manager, helped spearhead the group’s formation.
“The process of healing is different for survivors of a sudden, unexpected death of a loved one … most of all when it is at the hands of another human being,” Valdes said. “In the past, when the family and friends of a victim of homicide requested information on support groups, we had no choice but to refer them to neighboring counties. Now, we are prepared to help them right here at home.”
For more information about the support group, call Valdes at (530) 666-8187.