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 Family Justice Center Now Open

New facility features multifaceted approach

Thurston County’s new Family Justice Center is now in operation offering a variety of services to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence. While the resources available are not new, the co-location of the services into one building is new.

The concept of coordinated service provision to survivors of domestic violence and their family members was first envisioned for Thurston County in 2007. The Family Justice Center operates with a minimum of new funding because the partners involved are already doing the work. The major change is co-locating the services so survivors can access what they need easily and quickly.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was the keynote speaker at the recent Grand Opening of the Center. He noted that in 2012, there were almost 4,000 calls to 9-1-1 related to domestic violence and sexual assault incidences in Thurston County alone. “That’s why the Family Justice Center is so important. In order for victims to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of abuse, they need a continuum of services.”

Ferguson also outlined the need. “In just one day in Washington, domestic violence programs served 1,825 survivors. 377 requests for services went unmet because programs did not have enough resources. Ninety Percent of unmet needs were for housing. Considering domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness, the Family Support Center is an outstanding partner.”

Ferguson told those gathered at the grand opening the Thurston County Family Justice Center is an impressive example of a collective impact model of service that:

  • Expands services for survivors and their families;
  • Increases safety for survivors;
  • Brings many services together to increase access to and coordination of comprehensive services.

Others who spoke at the grand opening included U. S. Senator Patty Murray, Washington’s First Lady Trudi Inslee, Rodney Youchton with the Chehalis Tribe and Cynthia Iyall, Chair of the Nisqually Tribal Council.

There are numerous partners in the Family Justice Center. To name just a few-

  • The Family Support Center of South Sound
  • Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Thurston County Clerk’s Office
  • Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord and many more organizations.

To find out more, please visit the Thurston County Family Justice Center on line.

In the second photo left to right- Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim, Thurston County Clerk Betty Gould, Family Support Center Director Schelli Slaughter and Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza.

By John Tennis

Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Leaders of the Family Justice Center concept. Leaders of the Family Justice Center concept.