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Rockingham County seeking domestic violence coordinator

Randi B. Hagi
The Rockingham County Circuit Courthouse in downtown Harrisonburg.

Rockingham County is looking for a domestic violence coordinator. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The Victim/Witness program of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County's joint courts system serves victims of crimes in both localities. Nicole Terrell directs the program.

NICOLE TERRELL: Those services, they include, but they are not limited to by any means, court advocacy, crisis referrals, courtroom tours, assistance in seeking restitution, trial preparation assistance, housing referrals, assistance in applying for the Virginia Victims Fund, and really just helping victims get to a better place from where they were when they were victimized initially.

The currently vacant position of domestic violence coordinator provides all of those services, plus help with protective orders, specifically to female victims of domestic violence. The position is funded with a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

TERRELL: This is a job that takes a lot of compassion, a lot of devotion to helping other people, and really involves taking the time to understand what victims are going through and where they're coming from … somebody that is bilingual will also be a great plus, because our Spanish-speaking population is growing exponentially, and we want to be able to provide services to them and everybody in the community.

July 15th is the deadline to apply, and Terrell said she'd like to have a new hire start on August 1st. (link to job description)

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.