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A Safe Place Family Justice Center wins NACO Award

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently presented Clackamas County with five Achievement Awards for implementing innovative county government programs.

Among the winners is: A Safe Place Family Justice Center, which brings together a wide range of domestic-violence services in a single location to best support survivors of abuse.

“By bringing together all of the resources in one location, we can make a real difference in their lives and help them break the cycle of dependency and violence,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said.

A Safe Place Family Justice Center, which opened in December 2013, is a partnership between public and nonprofit agencies housed under one roof, providing services to victims and their children fleeing domestic violence, sexual violence, elder abuse and stalking.

Services are free of charge. During one visit to the Family Justice Center, a client might have the opportunity to receive legal advice (such as help filing court protective orders), talk to a domestic-violence advocate, speak with a police officer, receive counseling and spiritual guidance, develop a safety plan, obtain medical care, get food and clothing or find out about available shelters.

Created with the help of the County Commissioners and Clackamas County’s Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services, the organizations and agencies this Family Justice Center brings together include: Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other legal-service providers, the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program, Clackamas Women’s Services, Los Niños Cuentan, Abuse Recovery Ministry and Services, Catholic Charities, the Oregon Department of Human Services and Family Stepping Stones.

A Safe Place is located at 256 Warner Milne Road in Oregon City. To learn more about A Safe Place, visit clackamas.us/asafeplace.

— The Review, Tidings