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Fort Worth, TX – Opening New Family Justice Center Soon and it is big!  A 67,000 square foot facility will be opening in Fort Worth, Texas in a little over one year – to serve as one of the finest family justice centers in the world. Information provided by:

Hope for Children Foundation


Hope for Children Foundation

Fort Worth Citizens Will Have a New Justice Center

The communities of Fort Worth will be safer after its opening. Ken Shetter is the Ex. Dir. of They are interested in sharing their success with other cities.

Ken Shetter, Executive Director

His contact information is


The following is from the Web site of One Safe Place. It is now open to the public!

What is a Family Justice Center?

The problem of domestic violence and sexual assault is all around us. Dozens of Tarrant County partners are working together to build one safe place, a family justice center where victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse can get the help they need.

One Safe Place Partners and Supporters:

Alliance for Children

Amon G. Carter Foundation

Catholic Charities

Child Care Associates

Child Protective Services

City of Arlington

City of Bedford

City of Benbrook

City of Burleson

City of Fort Worth

City of Grand Prairie

City of Grapevine

City of Haltom City

City of Hurst

City of Keller

City of Kennedale

City of Lake Worth

City of Mansfield

City of North Richland Hills

City of Richland Hills

City of River Oaks

City of Southlake

City of White Settlement

Clergy and Police Alliance Community Food Bank

Crime Stoppers

Crime Victims Council

Fort Worth Housing Authority

Fort Worth Commission for Women

Fort Worth ISD

Fort Worth Police Department

Fort Worth South, Inc.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority

Ina Mae Greene Foundation

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas


Methodist Justice Ministry

Muslim Community Center for Human Services

National Family Justice Center Alliance

New Day Services

Otis Thornton Homeless Coalition, City of Fort Worth

Recovery Resource Council

Safe City Commission Safe Haven of Tarrant County

Sid W. Richardson Foundation

Southside Church of Christ Tarrant County

Tarrant County Bar Association

Tarrant County Council on Family Violence

Tarrant County DA Office

Tarrant County Protective Order Unit

Tarrant County Sheriff Office

Tarrant County Victim Assistance

Tarelton State University

Texas Health Resources

Texas Christian University

Texas Wesleyan University

The Glick House at Texas Wesleyan University

The Ladder Alliance The Parenting Center

The Salvation Army of Tarrant County

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County

Travelers’ Aid Dallas/Fort Worth

University of North Texas University of Texas at Arlington

YWCA, Fort Worth and Tarrant County

A 67,000 square foot facility at the corner of Rosedale and Hemphill in Fort Worth is being renovated to serve as one of the finest family justice centers in the world. One Safe Place is:

  • Counseling
  • Victim advocacy
  • Law enforcement
  • Prosecution
  • Court support advocacy
  • Immigration services
  • Family civil legal services
  • Spiritual support
  • Childcare and development
  • Research and education
  • Planning and analysis
  • Job skills training and career counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Dress for success
  • Health care
  • Child protection services
  • Elder abuse
  • Juvenile witness intervention
  • Food and clothing
  • Emergency financial assistance

One Safe Place will not duplicate services already provided by other agencies, rather the agencies will be doing their work at One Safe Place. Challenging and empowering our community to liberate itself from the devastation of domestic violence The Cycle of Domestic Violence Affects Us All The need is real. The time for action is now. Join us and help break the tragic cycle of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • In 2010 there were 12 women killed by their intimate partner in Tarrant County.
  • In the first quarter of 2011 there were 18 domestic violence related homicides in Tarrant County.
  • In 2007, 700 men and 1,640 women were killed by an intimate partner in the United States.
  • In 2008 females age 12 or older experienced about 552,000 nonfatal violent victimizations by an intimate partner.
  • In 2006 there were 186,868 reported incidents of domestic violence and 120 women were killed by their intimate partner in Texas.
  • In 2009 there were 14,711 reported cases of domestic violence in Tarrant County. Many more went unreported.
  • Domestic violence costs Tarrant County taxpayers an estimated $54,698,843 per year, $4,801,440 for jail expenses alone.

How are children who witness domestic violence in their home affected?

  • 50% of men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.
  • Between 1993 and 2004, children under the age of 12 were residents of households experiencing intimate partner violence in 43% of incidents involving female victims and 25% of the incidents involving male victims.
  • Children who witness domestic violence experience far more psycho-social problems such as health problems, feelings of depression and stress, increased drug abuse, use of coercion and violence in marital conflict, child abuse, and other criminal acts outside the home.

North Texas is the fastest growing region in the entire United States. The quality of life and economic vitality we enjoy are unsustainable if we ignore complex social issues. A smart, comprehensive strategy for dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault is critical to controlling crime and violence. Building a family justice center is the most important crime prevention initiative we can implement.

The Family Justice Center model has proven to lead to a major reduction in domestic violence related homicides, drastic reductions in recidivism and increases in successful criminal prosecutions.

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