VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the Ventura County Family Justice Center joins the California Family Justice Center Network in recognizing June 11, 2019, as “Family Justice Center Legislation Day” in the state capitol. First created in 2002, and defined in state law since 2014, Family Justice Centers are comprehensive multi-agency centers that provide a one-stop center of support services to victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, sexual assault, and child abuse. All services are offered at no cost to the victims.
Assemblymember Tim Grayson (AD-14) led a legislative effort last year to secure a $10 million item in the state budget to support the growing network of Family Justice Centers throughout California. The Ventura County Family Justice Center was the recipient of a $400,000 grant from this budget item for 2019-2020. With this grant funding, the community vision of opening a Family Justice Center in Ventura County will be fulfilled this year.
The partner agencies of the Ventura County Family Justice Center will strive to provide hope and improve the lives of those impacted by family violence and trauma in our communities. Our collaborative approach will create a safe space where we will use strength-based practices to end abuse and exploitation, pursue justice, and create pathways to hope.
We are enthusiastic about our future and thank Assemblymember Grayson and his colleagues in the legislature for their support and advocacy on behalf of crime victims, survivors, and their families.