Help for abuse survivors is on the way

by Jon Richards

Wisconsin State Representative, Assembly District 19
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Yesterday, the State Building Commission approved funding for construction of the Family Justice Center in Milwaukee.

A joint effort between the Sojourner Family Peace Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the new 78,000 square foot center will coordinate and centralize services for families impacted by violence in Milwaukee. This proven multidisciplinary medical and social services approach will be the first of its kind in the country.

The new Family Justice Center will include an on-sight 56-bed shelter for families, as well as medical, social services, counseling and legal resources. The center will combine adult and family services with child-focused services to help address the needs of families dealing with abuse.

Providing comprehensive, integrated services to victims of domestic violence and their families will help minimize trauma, help break the cycle of abuse, and increase prosecution and conviction rates.

The tragic murder last year of Zina Haughton by her estranged husband at a Brookfield spa served as a stark reminder that we have a long way to go to address domestic violence in Wisconsin. Two others were also killed and four others injured in the shooting.

I am thankful to the members of the Building Commission for giving the green light to funds that will take the Family Justice Center from dream to reality.

Their action is an important, positive step toward helping abuse survivors and their families escape the cycle of violence before it’s too late.

The center will be located near the corner of North 6th and West Walnut Streets near downtown Milwaukee.

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