Domestic violence center making good progress

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Police respond to nearly 10,000 domestic violence calls a year.  That's roughly 25 a day and makes up to 40%-60% of all the department's 911 calls.

A new "one stop" Family Justice Center is designed to help victims and is one step closer to opening.

"We're entering the One Place Family Justice Center. The first one in the state of Alabama and the first one in Montgomery for sure," says Executive Director and former Montgomery Police Lieutenant Steve Searcy.

Step inside 530 South Lawrence Street and you'll see a haven taking shape.

"It is a Super-Walmart for victims...special victims of crimes, those being domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and sexual assault," adds Searcy.

Searcy says the facility is a $600,000 dollar investment by the city and county providing victims with medical attention, counseling, and a place to feel protected.

"This will be a living room area, and there will be couches and end tables and lamps," he says.

Walk around the building, and you'll see room after room designed for agencies victims, children and even an upstairs for law enforcement.

"The Montgomery Police Department will be moving their domestic violence unit to this building," adds Searcy.

While the center is gaining speed, there's one thing that would speed it up.

"We're talking about somewhere around $300,000 dollars."

But those monies are rolling in with fundraisers like this one, and volunteers like Gina Izer pitching in.

"Personally it's very exciting to me that the city of Montgomery is going to have this wonderful facility."

A grand opening is set for October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For more information on the One Place Family Justice Center, visit their website:


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