Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Officials say Family Justice Center is helping with domestic violence

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 4:50 PM


It hasn’t even been a year since the Family Justice Center was launched to address domestic violence in Spokane, but law enforcement, prosecutors and victim advocates say it’s already producing results.
click to enlarge Mayor David Condon addressed reporters on Monday at the YWCA about a coordinated program aimed at domestic violence. - JAKE THOMAS
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  • Mayor David Condon addressed reporters on Monday at the YWCA about a coordinated program aimed at domestic violence.

Using national Domestic Violence Awareness Month as an opportunity to highlight its work, Mayor David Condon appeared at the YWCA where the center is housed to discuss how it brings together law enforcement and other services needed by victims of domestic violence.

Speaking to a reporter, Lt. Mark Griffiths said a central goal of the program was to hold more offenders accountable. The police, he said, have more officers to follow up on victims and on misdemeanor assault cases. As a result, police followed up on 488 protective order violations, 313 domestic assault cases and 66 domestic violence arrest warrants.

Lynden Smithson, a city attorney, said that follow up has helped successfully prosecute cases that might’ve been dropped in the past.

“In the past, if a victim called 911 and nothing happened or there were no results in the case, a sense of helplessness would set in,” said Smithson. “And they would feel like calling 911 doesn’t help at at all — that nothing happens and it actually ends up empowering the abuser.”

The YWCA helps the victim get counseling, safe housing, food and childcare, as well as an advocate to help them access services and navigate the legal system.

Regina Malveaux, CEO of the YWCA of Spokane, said the center is a best practices program that originated in San Diego and has been adopted by 25 cities.

“Our clients no longer have to walk around downtown to get their needs met,” said Nia Platt, a YWCA paralegal.
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