Week 76

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Meeting domestic violence needs now and in the future

#JusticeinPimaCounty: Week 76

At the beginning of the week, our Chief Deputy Baird Greene, Special Victims Bureau Chief Tracy Miller, and Domestic Violence Supervisor Joseph Ricks joined detectives from TPD and the Sheriff’s Department in a field visit and investigation of the Family Justice Center (FJC) system in Contra Costa, California.

The FJC model attempts to create one location where children and intimate partners suffering abuse of any kind can go to receive physical evaluation, domestic violence services, emergency safety planning tools, and access to social workers to help improve long term outcomes for families.

This visit came after the release of a Community Needs Assessment that was conducted over many months at the behest of our Office, in conjunction with nearly 30 area service providers, and in partnership with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women.

While the assessment makes clear that our community currently has critical domestic violence prevention, services, and emergency housing needs, it also suggests that Pima County could one day be a good place to attempt our own Family Justice Center one day.

Our path to the Governor’s signature on legislation to extend the length of time for both standard and emergency orders of protection to better protect victims of domestic violence was about a 14 month process, so if we are meant to have a Family Justice Center one day, this week was an important next step.

On a lighter note, tomorrow we will be out at Kennedy Park, first for the resource fair from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then later from about 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., for the celebration of America’s second Independence Day: Juneteenth. I want to thank the Juneteenth Board for inviting us to participate on their planning committee, and to Patrick Robles who spent a year getting ready for a family friendly community party where all are welcome to play, and sing, and dance, and eat, and to judge an epic car competition. Come one, come all!

To be continued…

Laura

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Laura Conover

Laura Conover

Pima County Attorney