Family Justice Centre helps victims seek safety | Local News

Family Justice Centre helps victims seek safety | Local News

The Family Justice Center works with victims every day, helping them leave dangerous situations before they become fatal.

“We believe everyone has the right to live without fear, and our role is to help them achieve that,” said Regina McDevitt, executive director of the Family Justice Center.

McDevitt has seen the effects of abuse firsthand and says that in most cases of domestic violence, law enforcement and first responders are constantly called.

She shared with us the warning signs that led to domestic deaths.

“Was there a history of strangulation?” she asked. “Was there any prior violence in the relationship or threats of homicide?”

She says threats should not be taken lightly. She adds that no one expects things to go wrong.

“So there is an opportunity to prevent it if we are aware of it,” McDevitt said.

She wants everyone to know that things don’t have to be this way.

She says the Family Justice Center can help victims find the courage to leave and do so safely.

“Hope is really what we hope to instill in the people who come, because if they can see the future in front of them, they can achieve it,” she said.

McDevitt said the center connects victims with highly trained experts to address their housing, financial, legal and other needs.

She says these services are free and everyone can remain anonymous.

“I think knowledge is power, and when you’re able to talk to someone and make them feel comfortable, welcome and safe, they’re more open to listening to the resources that they have.”

The Family Justice Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you need assistance outside of business hours, you can call their hotline at 423-755-2700.