Hamilton County support group launches for those who experience loss from homicide

Contributed Photo by Verna Watt / Verna Wyatt, co-founder of Tennessee Voices for Victims

A new support group, founded by women who understand losing a loved one to homicide, is coming to Chattanooga.

"Grief is a process that has many stages, and it's a long, hard, difficult journey to create a new normal for your life after it has been torn apart by murder," Verna Wyatt, co-founder of Tennessee Voices for Victims, said.

"The goal for Chattanooga is to have a homicide support loss group that can offer all that support and friendship from others who understand your pain because they are living it, and to have your grief journey led by a counselor who can help you avoid getting stuck in a stage of grief that could further complicate your recovery."

Wyatt, who is from Ohio but has lived in Nashville since 1974, began working in victim advocacy after her sister-in-law and best friend, Martha Wyatt, was sexually assaulted and murdered.