Domestic violence is an issue that communities and law enforcement agencies across the country are struggling to find a way to address. Guilford County in central North Carolina is no exception. For the year 2013, the most recent statistics released by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Guilford had the most domestic violence related homicides in the state.
There is a new model emerging to combat domestic violence, something called the Family Justice Center model. This model looks to encourage collaboration between law enforcement, prosecutors, and social support services to better serve and empower victims of domestic violence.
Guilford County recently opened its own Family Justice Center with the vision, "To protect the vulnerable, stop the violence, restore hope, and make our community safer." This episode of GovLove is with Catherine Johnson the Director of the Guilford County Family Justice Center and the person who was tasked with getting the center up and running.
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