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Volunteers sought for victim witness program in NW

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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:00 pm

The Pima County Attorney’s Office seeks volunteers for its Victim Witness Program, which will expand to include Marana, Oro Valley and other portions of the Northwest.

The volunteer program provides 24-hour, 365-day services to victims of crime.

Since 1975, victim witnesses in Pima County have worked with those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, home invasions and more, providing crisis intervention, resources and information about the criminal justice system.

The county will hold two informational sessions for those interested in learning more about the program and volunteer opportunities:

• 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 29, at Marana Police headquarters, at the town’s municipal complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

• 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, at Oro Valley Police headquarters, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Before becoming victim witnesses, volunteers first must attend crisis intervention and victimology training to learn about communication and intervention strategies and the dynamics of victimization in various crime and crisis situations.

Currently, the county’s program has 23 staff members and about 70 volunteers.

For more information, call Vanessa Helms at 740-5525.

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