Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

Family Justice Center Offers New Strategy to Help Violence Victims


Survivors of violence, especially domestic violence, face a number of hurdles once leaving their volatile situation. Along with the psychological, physical, and emotional wounds needing care, survivors also have bureaucratic hurdles, like getting access to social services. Cleveland recently launched a central location for survivors to find many of these services and help. The Family Justice Center opened its doors in December, which some say represents a new, more effective model for providing safety and helping survivors rebuild their lives. ideastream’s Joanna Richards visited the center recently, and joins me now.

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Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

The Center for Family Justice Honors Blumenthal
Fairfield Sun


“Blaming the victim of sexual assault is over,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, at the annual public policy breakfast Tuesday at The Center for Family Justice. “Nobody is going to blame her for what she wore, who she was with, how much she drank or where she went. The crime of sexual assault is a crime and we should all be taking a stand against it. At home. On our college campuses. In the military.”

Blumenthal was at The Center to accept an award for his work helping victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault become survivors. He will reintroduce legislation this year – which has strong bipartisan support not often found in Congress – to provide protection against sexual assault for women on college campuses. “Let’s face it, victims of sexual assault are most commonly women, and they should be encouraged to come forward and report the attack,” he said. “Sexual assault is staggeringly prevalent and stunningly unreported on college campuses, just as it is in homes where domestic violence occurs and in the military.”

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Woman Speaks about Domestic Violence
Madison Wade - KRCR News


REDDING, Calif. - Tara Bay, who survived being strangled by her boyfriend 12 years ago, spoke in front of a packed room during a strangulation prevention training hosted by One Safe Place and the National Family Justice Center Alliance.

Bay relived her experience and told the crowd how she survived, recanting the process of healing, telling people she leaned on family for support. She said as she walked into the room on Wednesday, she felt an overwhelming sense of joy and support.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00

Council Agrees to Fund Plans for Family Justice Center
Michelle Heron - WRCBTV Chattanooga


CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga is one step closer to having a Family Justice Center after City Council members agreed to fund plans to get the project up and going.

Tennessee ranks sixth in the nation in domestic violence which is why leaders want more centers like these to help make getting help easier for victims.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Enough is Enough; Agencies Unite Against Domestic Violence
Emily Weaver - BlueRidgeNow.com Times-News


The revolving door of justice may soon slam shut on those who hurt the ones they love. Their escape from justice will be blocked by a united community that will not look away and will no longer tolerate family violence.

A new alliance of advocates, victim service providers, law enforcement and legal professionals — who haven't always gathered at the same table in the past — are joining forces in Henderson County.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Survivors Look at New System with Hope
Emily Weaver - BlueRidgeNow.com Times-News


Their last fight landed him in jail and left his wife marooned on an island in strange waters. With no one to turn to, in a county nearly 50 miles away from her hometown, 33-year-old Catrina McKinney felt alone in her struggle to escape domestic violence.

She only knew she had to go to court to file a protective order against her husband. She did.

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