Greensboro Launches Family Justice Center For Victims Of Abuse

Jun 15, 2015

The children's area in the lobby of the new Family Justice Center.
Credit Catherine Johnson / Guilford County Family Justice Center

A Family Justice Center is opening today in downtown Greensboro and will offer a variety of services.

The new building will provide several types of support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. Those services include law enforcement, legal, medical and social assistance.

Center Director Catherine Johnson said it is a benefit that the building is a one-stop spot for people dealing with these issues.  

"The fact that we can offer (these services) makes the citizen much more likely to engage in that process, because they feel like, 'Oh hey, wait—instead of me going to twenty different disciplines, those disciplines are all coming to me, and I just sit in the same office and  respond,'" Johnson said. "It just makes that safety planning process much more effective."

Guilford County had the state’s highest number of domestic-violence-related deaths in 2013. North Carolina also has family justice centers in Alamance County and Henderson County.