Support groups available for those affected by manhunt

Support groups available for those affected by manhunt

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UNION GROVE — The Women’s Resource Center of Racine will be offering support groups this week for those who have been affected by the 24-hour manhunt for Stantavious Sillas.

In addition to a weekly 6 p.m. Tuesday support group for victims of domestic violence held at its Racine office, the WRC will have a second support group specifically for those affected by the incident at the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St., at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Along with other staff members, Cherie Griffin, WRC executive director, held a support group for community members on Monday at Martin’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram, 1422 Main St., Union Grove, from 6 to 8 p.m. Although community members were not present when a reporter visited at 7 p.m., Griffin, who is a resident of Union Grove, talked about her own experiences during the manhunt.

“Just like everyone else in Union Grove, I was feeling the anxiety,” she said.

As a WRC staff member, Griffin also recognizes the need to help the community. “I was responding to this entire thing on a personal and professional level,” she said. “At the Women’s Resource Center, we want to make sure we’re doing our job as community partners.”

Community members are encouraged to come to the support groups, and can either speak one-on-one with a trauma advocate or with the group as a whole. Private meetings with trauma advocates can also be arranged. Those who wish to speak with an advocate can also call a 24-hour crisis line at 262-633-3233, or 262-633-3274 for other information.

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