FAIRFIELD — A support group for the survivors of homicide victims and those who survived a homicide attempt will meet monthly in Fairfield.
The Solano County Family Justice Center announced the formation of the Homicide Survivors Support Group. It will meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, starting Sept. 10 at the Family Justice Center, 604 Empire St.
The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to homicide or has been the victim of attempted homicide. It makes no difference whether the perpetrator has been apprehended or criminal charges have been filed, according to a press release from Solano County.
Carolyn Wold, the Solano County family violence prevention officer, helped form the group.
“It’s unfortunate that there is a need in Solano County for a homicide survivor support group, but the reality is that families lose loved ones at the hands of others every year,” she said in the press release. “The homicide survivor support group will help the survivors left behind following a homicide navigate the emotionally difficult reality of losing a friend or family member and provides an opportunity for healing.”
Valerie Dodini, who is also involved in the effort, is a local victim survivor, attorney and recipient of the Governor’s Award for outstanding service to crime victims. The other leaders include Teresa Courtemanche and Rita Edmonds-Norris – both of whom are survivors of homicide victims – and Dr. George Paz, a psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center.
For more information, contact Wold at 784-7691 or email@example.com or call Dodini at 761-3075.
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