New Family Justice Center set to open in November
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Domestic violence is said to happen in 1 in 3 families.
That alarming number is something the Family Justice Center wants put an end to.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and representatives from the Family Justice Center said it is now more important than ever for people to get the help they need.
Lindsey Brown is survivor of domestic violence and is one of the hundreds of people the Family Justice Center has help escape violence.
“A lot of people don’t have a support system. I was very fortunate that my family is very close, but this place was my family”, said Lindsey Brown.
The Family Justice’s new facility is offering a safe place for those in need of services to help put an end to their nightmare.
“We have a full time attorney and they help with orders of protection. Other legal matters related to domestic violence. Southern Adventist University helps us with our free counseling center. Helen Ross McNabb, mental health services, McKamey Animal Services are here to help people who want to go and kind of figure out what to do and they don’t want to leave their animals”, said executive director Valerie Radu.
Many attendees wore a corsage with a purple ribbon attached.
Purple is the color that represents solidarity to bring awareness to domestic violence.
The new facility has been in the works for more than 10 years and has brought together multiple organizations within Hamilton County.
The Family Justice Center not only serves people of domestic violence, but they also serve victims of human trafficking, elder abuse, and children who have suffered abuse.
The doors to the new facility officially open on November 22nd.