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Fort Worth, TX –
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
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 www.OneSafePlace.org They are interested in sharing their success with other cities.
Ken Shetter, Executive Director
His contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 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:
- Victim advocacy
- Law enforcement
- 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
- 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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