Victim Witness Services for Coconino County was incorporated in Arizona on November 21, 1984 as the Impact Crisis Team. A group of influential, concerned citizens came together to establish an organization designed to “meet the needs of victims of crimes and domestic violence including, but not limited to, crisis intervention, victim and witness advocacy and referral to social service agencies…” under the influential and powerful leadership of Joni Adams. The name was changed from the Impact Crisis Team to Victim Witness Services for Coconino County in 1988.
The Impact Crisis Team started out as a crisis response program responding to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Deaths, Car Accidents and any other traumatic events. In December of 1984, the Impact Crisis Team secured funds to enable Criminal Justice Court Advocacy. Later, Victim Witness Services housed and supported NACASA (Northern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault) before the service was placed inside of North Country HealthCare.
US Representative Ann Kirkpatrick was one of the founding Impact Board of Director members where she served as the fund-raising chair woman.
Since 1984, Victim Witness Services is dedicated to delivering comprehensive, direct services to victims of crimes and/or crises that occur in Coconino County.