Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, December 26, 2014

Family Justice Center and CPD partnering with Southern Adventist University

The Chattanooga Hamilton County Family Justice Center (FJC) this week formalized a new partnership with Southern Adventist University (SAU) School of Social Work to provide research and technical assistance to both the FJC and the Chattanooga Police Department. The partnership will focus on projects related to the development of a Victim Assistance Program and a pilot testing for Lethality Assessment protocol beginning in January.

Through this partnership, Southern Adventist University will also provide ongoing research support to test evidence-based interdisciplinary practices with the FJC and community partners.

“Our Family Justice Center will ensure one centralized location where a diverse group of partners provide victims with a wide range of services,” said Mayor Andy Berke. “These strong partnerships and convenient access to services will be crucial to breaking the cycle of domestic violence in our area.”

When the FJC opens, a student learning clinic managed by SAU will provide free social and counseling services to clients, families, and groups. In addition, an extensive interdisciplinary internship program will be developed to prepare future professionals for working in law enforcement, social services, healthcare, and city government.

In the summer of 2013, the City of Chattanooga received a three-year grant to research a Family Justice Center to serve the area. An advisory committee conducted research and held several public forums throughout the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. In August of 2014, the City hired Dr. Valerie Radu as executive director.

If you or someone you know is suffering from family violence, call the LOCAL Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault CRISIS HOTLINE at (423) 755-2700. Confidential help is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Source: Office of Mayor Andy Berke