• Thu. May 19th, 2022

Support group launched for those affected by homicide in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN (TN Tribune) – The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference (TNDAGC) and Tennessee Voices for Victims announced today that they are working together to launch support groups for those affected by homicide across the state.

The groups, which would be led by trained counsellors, aim to provide connectivity and understanding and give participants the tools they need to create a “new normal” in their lives. “Our district attorney offices across the state see firsthand the devastating effects of losing a loved one to homicide,” said Guy Jones, executive director of TNDAGC. “The 99 State-provided Victim Witness Coordinators work day in and day out to be a resource for those struggling, but having these support groups will go an extra step in community and healing after loss. We are grateful for our partnership with Tennessee Voices for Victims and the work they do on behalf of victims of crime in Tennessee. We look forward to the impact these groups will have.

Currently, there are a number of districts without groups, leaving some Tennessians without the crucial, healing support these groups can offer. And according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 2020 Crime in Tennessee report, there was a 37% increase in murders statewide compared to 2019.

“After my 18-year-old son was murdered in a carjacking during the day, I joined a homicide support group, and it was invaluable to me. I was able to open up and tell my son’s story to other people who could relate and fully understand what I was going through,” said Anna W., a support group participant in Tennessee. pain without having experienced it. I highly recommend a support group for anyone who has been through this kind of loss.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the Conference to bring these much-needed support groups to every corner of the state,” said Verna Wyatt, co-founder of Tennessee Voices for Victims. “Loss – especially from homicide – is traumatic, and everyone goes through grief differently. Finding a community of support is crucial, and we can see the positive impact these groups can have on those who have gone through a loss. loss or suffering. We look forward to providing this statewide support.

Registration is now live and groups will be created statewide on an ongoing basis. Those interested in learning more or signing up for more information can visit https://www.tndagc.org/support/.

This project was supported by Award No. 2018-V2-GX-0024 from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice through the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime or Office of the state of Tennessee. criminal justice programs.