Story by: Megan Diskin
The public is invited to the grand opening ceremony Saturday for the Ventura County Family Justice Center.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at 3170 Loma Vista Road, across the street from Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura.
The long-planned facility had a soft opening in November, but Saturday’s event is an “open house” for opportunity for tours, according to a news release from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.
The center is designed to be a singular place to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, and elder or dependent abuse.
A host of county services are on site to offer this help. They range from Ventura County Legal Aid and Interface Children & Family Services to law enforcement and child support services.
The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office has been engaged since 2015 in the effort to bring this one-stop shop of resources to the area. The goal of the center is to minimize trauma for the victim and reduce the cycle of violence in a proactive way. Members of a crime survivors’ group, VOICES of Ventura County, provided input from their own experiences to shape what the center should be like.
“Our goal is to move beyond the justice system’s traditional focus on holding offenders accountable and provide a richer, multi-faceted and more robust emphasis on responding to the impact of violence on the innocent victims, survivors, and their families,” District Attorney Gregory Totten said in a statement.
The idea became reality when the district attorney’s office was awarded a state grant in December 2018. The nonprofit Ventura County Family Justice Center Foundation was also created that year to help secure long-term funding.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., with the open house following afterward. Parking is limited and won’t be available on site.
Megan Diskin is a courts and breaking news reporter with The Star. Reach her at email@example.com or 805-437-0258.
Posted on January 10, 2020 at 10:23 am