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Published April 14, 2010, 04:53 PM

CVIC Victim Numbers Up

The number of victims using the Community Violence Intervention Center is on the rise in Grand Forks county.

By: Jen Dame, WDAZ

The number of victims using the Community Violence Intervention Center is on the rise in Grand Forks county.

Leaders of the CVIC met with Grand Forks county commissioners this morning to update them on how the numbers continue to rise.

CVIC Executive Director Kristi Hall-Jiran says there has been a 24-percent increase in visits at the Wishing Well Center and a 106-percent increase in victims using emergency shelters over the last two years.

Hall-Jiran points out that one out of three of their clients currently is coming from a rural area within Grand Forks county.

"Be aware of the people in your life and to look for signs that somebody might be being abused and just let them know we are here for them. If we can really spread the word, we can really build a community where everybody is safe," says Kristi Hall- Jiran, Executive Director of the CVIC.

If there is someone you know needing assistance, CVIC has a 24-hour crisis line they can call 746-8900.

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