Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Strangulation underreported, prosecuted in St. Joseph County

By Alexis Gray, Multimedia Journalist

SOUTH BEND - So far this year, St. Joe County prosecutors have filed charges in 18 strangulation cases. That's more than a quarter of all SVU felonies.

But experts say there are probably more cases out there that never get reported. And this particular type of assault is one of the trickiest to prosecute.

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Partnership Gearing Up For New Role With Family Justice Center

The Chattanoogan

Officials of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults said they are making plans as one of the new Family Justice Center's partners.

Since 1986 when Partnership's Domestic Violence Program opened, the agency has seen 10,000+ individuals each year, it was stated.

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Service Dog Helping Ala Crime Victims Cope
Erie Times-News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The latest addition at the Brooks-Sellers One Place Family Justice Center provides calmness, relief and plenty of tail wags for clients.
Willow VI is a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever who is trained as a service dog at One Place, which helps victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and elder abuse.
Willow also is the first service dog in the state to be used in courtrooms to help witnesses who are testifying.

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

Valerie Radu Chosen As Executive Director Of Family Justice Center

An executive director for the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Family Justice Center has been chosen after several weeks of interviews.

Valerie Radu has years of experience in social work education, officials said.

She has served as the program coordinator of the Social Work Department of Southern Adventist University.

She was also the department head in Social Work in UTC’s College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.

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Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Family Justice Center Focuses on Victims
New multi-agency office at Community Solutions in Morgan Hill offers gamut of domestic violence services
By Michael Moore - Morgan Hill Times


Domestic violence survivor Aidee Portillo Fernandez stood stoically before a roomful of South County media, law enforcement and nonprofit representatives as she described the horror her former spouse once inflicted on her.
“My abuser tried to kill me three times,” Portillo Fernandez said in Spanish at the July 23 grand opening of the Santa Clara County Family Justice Center. “I wanted my children to heal.”
Portillo Fernandez continued to describe how, once her abuser was in custody, it was inconvenient to travel to multiple offices throughout Santa Clara County to seek victim services and protection from her former spouse.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

New Courthouse Dog Providing Support for Montgomery Victims
By Lindsey Rogers - WSFA.com


MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - A new staff member in the criminal justice system in Montgomery County is proving to be a huge asset in investigations and in the courtroom, helping victims open up about what happened to them.

Her name is Willow and her is a two-year-old Labrador/Retriever mix. She was bred and raised by Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that trains and provides assistance dogs. Her skills and disposition have made the professionally trained facility dog the perfect fit to work with victims at the One Place Family Justice Center- a victim advocacy center in Montgomery.

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