This morning the Clackamas County Commissioners recognized A Safe Place Family Justice Center on its 5-year anniversary.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Clackamas Women's Services Executive Director Melissa Erlbaumappeared together to speak to the Commisioners about this unique partnership to combat family violence in Clackamas County.
During the recognition, the Commissioners also dedicated land for a future expansion of the Family Justice Center. Sheriff Roberts also handed out challenge coins to A Safe Place front-line staff.
Photos are linked above. Video of this morning's County Commissioner recognition begins at 4:21 at https://youtu.be/YUoLGMxlxbI
ABOUT A SAFE PLACE
Located in Oregon City, A Safe Place Family Justice Center provides support and safety planning for anyone experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, and stalking. At A Safe Place, survivors can immediately access assistance from over nine agencies that offer culturally specific services, including advocacy, safety planning, counseling, legal support, and law enforcement assistance, among others. And it’s all under one roof.
“It makes sense to have trained and compassionate professionals from a cross-section of services all together, in one place to provide the best domestic violence services our county has to offer,” said Sheriff Roberts. “Since opening A Safe Place in 2013, we have served more survivors and children than we thought possible. By working together we are saving lives and reducing the destructive impact of family violence in our community.”
When you walk into A Safe Place, you have the opportunity to meet with an advocate who can help connect you with resources. This can be anything from housing and safety planning to help filling out a restraining order and getting a referral to a counselor. Services are drop-in and no appointment is necessary.
The law enforcement side of the center works with people who want to report domestic violence in a safe environment where support is immediately available. Safety and support are essential services of the Family Justice Center, since reporting abuse is often a difficult step for survivors to take.
“When survivors walk through the door of A Safe Place they see, sometimes for the very first time, a real path out of an abusive situation,” said Lt. Angie Brandenburg, Director of A Safe Place. “Research shows leaving a domestic violence situation is not a one-time event, but a process — our goal is to support survivors every step of the way.”
In 2016 The National Association of Counties (NACO) named A Safe Place, “Best in Category” for Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
You can learn more about A Safe Place at https://www.asafeplacefjc.org/
Sgt. Brian Jensen
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Unit