Brian Coddington

Family Justice Center opens in Spokane

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, No Phone Number Available

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 12:29 p.m.

Statistics surrounding domestic violence are startling and sad across the country. This week marks an important step forward in the Spokane community's commitment to hold domestic violence offenders accountable, protect the safety of domestic violence victims, and reduce incidents of domestic violence in Spokane.

The Family Justice Center is officially open. It will put the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Team (SRDVT), which is comprised of law enforcement, advocates and prosecutors, all together in one location in the YWCA complex (930 N. Monroe). Spokane Police officers, Spokane County Sheriff's deputies, Spokane City and County prosecutors, and YWCA legal advocates will all be key partners at the center.

The core concept of the justice center's model is to provide ONE location where victims can feel safe and encouraged to seek help. At the center, victims will be able to talk to advocates, police officers, and prosecutors, receive information about finding shelter, access counseling and job services, plan for their safety and access free child care while they are utilizing those services. The goal is to help victims move from what is often the most traumatic moment in their lives to a period of hope, healing, safety, and stability.

The opening of the Family Justice Center sends a message that Spokane truly has zero tolerance for domestic violence – that one act, one injury, one death is too many.

A picture of the Family Justice Center