It seems that each day we hear about more violence in Kansas. Wichita has had 37 homicides so far this year. Two deputies were shot in Mankato yesterday, and even the small town of Seward had a double shooting.
You hear a lot about the suspects in these cases, but what’s being done to help the survivors?
There are services in our community that district attorney Marc Bennett says have expanded over-time, resources to help those directly and in-directly impacted by violence.
Looking at pictures, is how Nicole Krovas remembers her sister.
“As you can see, we were together a lot, all the time,” said Nicole Krovas, Wichita.
Taken too soon, almost one year ago, by violence.
“They found her on the side of the road, literally just left there, on the side of the road,” said Krovas.
Authorities say Tamsen Kayzer’s body was found in rural Sedgwick County and say there was trauma to her body. Nicole says time doesn’t make it any easier.
“It’s so hard everyday,” said Nicole.
Nicole says she would like to connect to outside support in the community to cope with her pain. There are resources available to victims of all types of violence, and their families.
“We don’t want the kinds of crimes that were seeing in Wichita, and I know our law enforcement people are doing everything they can, but we have to be a community united,” said Mary-Ann Khoury, Chair person of DUI Victims Center of Kansas.
“Sexual violence is always violent, so when we are working with folks, they’ve experienced a trauma that has an impact on their life.” said Kathy Williams, WASAC Executive Director.
The DUI Victims Center of Kansas and the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center are two groups that work with victims of violent crime. District Attorney Marc Bennett says he’s seen an improvement in victim resources overtime.
“Big cities, people associate them maybe with more crime etc, but the truth is for a city this size, there are a lot of folks who devote themselves to this sort of thing,” said Marc Bennett, Sedgwick County District Attorney.
There are other notable resources in the county for victims of violence. They include the following:
The Wichita Family Crisis Center: 316-263-7501
Catholic Charities/Harbor House: 316-263-6000