During yesterday's Budget Public Policy meeting the Board of County Commissioners received an update on the proposed Family Justice Center in Mecklenburg County. Safe Alliance President and CEO Karen Parker provided the update along with other community partners. This effort consists of partners from nonprofits, City of Charlotte, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and Mecklenburg County. The Family Justice Center will be a facility that conveniently provides support, services and resources to victims (and their families) of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. This building will house all the partners who investigate and treat cases of abuse including medical providers, prosecutors and victim advocates. Such facilities are currently operating in North Carolina in Alamance, Buncombe and Guilford counties. Having a Family Justice Center in this community could result in an increase in victim safety, increased prosecution of offenders, increased efficiency in collaborative services and increased community support of the family justice center model. The total capital cost for this project is $45 million. The County will be asked to contribute $10 million of the capital cost. The County's portion of the total operating cost will be vetted during the development of the County Manager's FY2021 Recommended Budget. In case you missed it, you can watch the full presentation here on MeckNC.gov ( starts at 12:05).
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