Knoxville receives grant for Family Justice Center
July 22, 2004 - A $1 million federal grant will be used to create a Family
Justice Center in Knoxville that will serve as a one-stop resource center
for victims of domestic violence.
More than 60 local government and non-profit agencies have partnered
to create the center, which is designed to make victims' search for
help and justice more effective by bringing professionals who provide
an array of services together in one location.
The Knoxville Police Department coordinated the agencies participation
and submitted the successful grant proposal to the U.S. Department
"The collaboration and cooperation to create this resource center
is unprecedented," Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam said. "The
Family Justice Center will make a difference to women and children
who are victimized by domestic violence by allowing them to find the
help they need in one place."
Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale said, "This effort demonstrates
a multitude of agencies desire to help women and children in the most
compassionate and effective way.
" Whether it's obtaining a protection order, talking to a crisis
counselor or finding shelter, the Family Justice Center will enable
women to get the help they need for themselves and their children,"
Mayor Ragsdale said. Knoxville Police Chief Phil Keith earlier this
month was appointed by President Bush to serve on the National Advisory
Board for the Family Justice Center Initiative.
"Today's announcement is evidence of the good that comes from
law enforcement agencies partnering with community groups to help
stop the cycle of domestic violence," Chief Keith said.
The Knoxville grant was among more than $20 million awarded to 15
communities under the President's Family Justice Center Initiative.
The city of Knoxville received $1,077,000 to fund start-up costs
for the center, and Legal Aid of Tennessee Inc. received $150,000
toward the effort.