Community Mobilization and collaboration are essential for the community members we serve. There are several different ways in which we seek to engage our community.
In addition to our client-centered services, we also offer presentations, trainings, facilitated discussions, and workshops to the community.
We are able to present on a broad-spectrum of topics, including but not limited to: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Teen Dating Violence, Bystander Education (pros and cons), Recidivism Reduction, Victims of Crime in the Criminal Justice System, Masculinity, Grief and Healing, Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Vicarious Trauma.
We have the ability to modify our presentations for a variety of audiences. Presentations are offered as a community service and are free of charge.
Inspiring Youth Empowerment!
In partnership with Soroptimist International of Flagstaff, we are available to provide, free of charge, on-site teen conferences covering the topics of: Bystander Education, Media Literacy, Healthy Relationships, Intersectionality, Warrior Women, Radical Self-Love, Consent, and Issues of Gender.
Contact us and let’s create a presentation that will work for your group.
Outreach: Raising Awareness Locally, Statewide, and Nationally
Our outreach efforts include:
1 Billion Rising One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. VWS partnered with several groups and organizations to host a Rising, as a flashmob, in Flagstaff on Heritage Square. Victim Witness is a proud partner!
VWS constantly seeks to improve the systems' response to violence and trauma through participation on various task forces and groups:
Coconino County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC):
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is a county-wide collaboration between county, municipal and state criminal justice agencies and departments, treatment providers, administrative departments and concerned citizens to address issues and needs arising within the criminal justice system in Coconino County. A VWS representative attends these meetings and participates in at least one subcommittee - The Victim Services group, (aka Coordinated Community Response Team to DV and SA [CCRT]). This committee was created in 2013 and is tasked with evaluating existing services for victims in Coconino County, identifying gaps in programming, and improving the overall delivery of services to victims within the county.
Coconino County Coordinated Response Team to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CCRT):
The CCRT team brings together key players in the community systems to develop strategies and procedures in systems response to sexual assault and/or domestic violence. These strategies will aim to establish ways for the community to intervene in a way that ends abuse.
Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs):
Coordinated community response teams and coordinating councils are groups composed of members with varied but complementary experiences, qualifications and skills that can contribute to the evolution of the system for victims of sexual assault. We believe our participation in these efforts is not only a responsibility but crucial to effective collaboration on behalf of victims of crime.
Fatality Review Board:
The Coconino County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team has a mission to analyze the circumstances of past fatalities and near-fatalities in an effort to better understand the dynamics of such deaths and make recommendations for prevention and system improvements. The purpose of this project is not to lay blame, but rather to actively improve all systems that serve persons involved with domestic abuse, and to prevent violence and fatalities in the future. VWS actively participates in these efforts, in our continual efforts to reduce DV homicide and improve service coordination to victims.
To ensure justice and create a more compassionate and streamlined response, service providers must intervene in a way that speaks to the context of each victim's circumstance and respects the unique roles of the different professionals involved in responding to sexual assault. Over the years, communities have developed a team approach with just those goals in mind. Multidisciplinary teams, often called SARTs (sexual assault response teams), partner together to provide inter-agency, coordinated responses that make victims' needs a priority, hold offenders accountable, and promote public safety.
The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Task Force (SARV) at Northern Arizona University, coordinated by the Health Promotion Manager and Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Graduate Assistant. The purpose of the SARV is to address issues of sexual assault and relationship violence on campus through systems improvement and community coordination. The SARV is made up of both campus and community members who work with NAU students on these issues from both the prevention and intervention perspectives.
Family Advocacy Council (FAC):
The Family Advocacy Council (FAC), formerly Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse, is a group comprised of representatives from organizations who have a role in services and response related to child abuse, domestic violence, and other family violence related issues. The council collaborates or oversees projects such as: Safe Child– Child Advocacy Center, the development and maintenance of the county-wide child abuse response protocol, and the coordination of regular Child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team case reviews. VWS recognizes the importance of sharing the experience of victims of crime with this group and advocating for continued system coordination.