As the victim coordinator under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grand, 06-VA-39 at the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, one of my responsibilities is to coordinate with Women’s Aid in Crisis an event to bring awareness of domestic violence and to remember prior victims of domestic violence.
In honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on Oct. 30, a Community Candlelight Vigil and Domestic Violence Awareness Night was held at Elkins Fire Department. With the much appreciated help and participation of various community merchants, service providers, guests and the community population, this year’s candlelight vigil not only spread awareness of domestic violence but also helped to continue the remembrance of prior domestic violence victims.
Due to the tremendous community involvement, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the following merchants, service providers and members of the community for their involvement in making this event successful: Elkins Fire Department, Co. 40; Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Fox’s Pizza Den, Darrins’ Pizza Shack, Lynn’s Service Station, Domino’s Pizza, Gino’s Pizza, Wamsley’s Colonial Court Service Station, Advance Auto Parts, Citizens National Bank, Burger King, Elkins Recreational Center, Old Brick Playhouse, Woman’s Club of Elkins, Randolph County Child Advocacy Center, Randolph County Family Resource Network, Appalachian Community Health Center, Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), Youth Health Service Inc., Mountain Heart and West Virginia Birth to Three, Right from the Start/West Virginia Healthy Start HAPI Project, Women’s Aid in Crisis’ home base and the Healing Drums of the Alldredge Academy;. Thanks also go to Renee Yokum, sexual assault service coordinator of Women’s Aid in Crisis, Jennifer Sturdivant, prevention education coordinator of Women’s Aid in Crisis, Ellen Sycafoose, Child Protective Service worker for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Marcia White, executive director of Women’s Aid in Crisis, Patrolman R.C. Hebb of the Elkins Police Department, Jaymie Godwin-Wilfong, family court judge, Frank P. Bush Jr., Randolph County prosecuting attorney, Sen. Clark Barnes, R-15th District, Teresa Wade, warden at Huttonsville Correctional Center, Fred Bird, Youth Service worker for the WVDHHR and minister of Grace Episcopal Church of Elkins, The Inter-Mountain, and individuals from the community who attended and/or assisted.
I hope that with continued community participation and involvement, events such as the Community Candlelight Vigil and Domestic Violence Awareness Night will someday help break the cycle of domestic violence.
Delia M. Loftis
Victim Service Coordinator
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office