"The $1,214,086 grant was awarded to fund a six county rural Family Justice Center, resulting in the first rural multi-county family justice center in the nation," says Pamela Hayman-Weaner, project director and managing attorney of Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO).
The Award is one of fifteen sites funded around the nation to create a national model to combat domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
According to Hayman-Weaner
, "The coordinating office for the FJCNWO
is located in Defiance County with victims assisted locally in Fulton, Henry, Putnam, Williams, and Van Wert Counties and at Rural Opportunity's Migrant Rest Camp in Liberty Center.Defiance College
assists with educational programs and direct service projects through the social work and criminal justice departments, its new forensic crime investigation program and the McMaster School.The Defiance College
is also the training site for the Family Justice Center."
When victims contact the Family Justice Center
they will be referred to trained professionals who can assist them with direct services; advocates who can obtain counseling and explain the legal process; law enforcement officers who can take reports and conduct follow-up investigations; civil legal aid attorneys who can help victims obtain protective, custody, and supervised visitation orders; and professionals who can help with emergency services and long term stabilization and safety planning.
"Our tag line, "where families come first and professionals come together," conveys our message of unity and strength," explains Hayman-Weaner