Family Justice Center Opens to Serve Victims of Domestic Violence

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Guam – Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio, along with Deputy Attorney General Phil Tydingco and Presiding Superior Court Judge Alberto Lamorena were on hand for Thursday’s dedication of the Family Justice Center (FJC) at the Heart of Mary Church in Toto. The FJC program is a culmination of efforts by the Governor’s Community Outreach-Federal Programs Office in partnership with the Family Justice Center Planning Committee. The FJC will serve as a one-stop center of assistance for victims of violence.

“We want to see the victims of domestic violence get help as soon as possible. This is just the beginning. Many milestones will be accomplished if we continue to work together as a community,” said Tenorio.

The FJC houses various government and non-government agencies which provide services to victims seeking refuge and protection. The FJC will help streamline victim advocacy by serving as a one-stop center of assistance for victims of domestic violence.

The center will be temporarily located at the Guam Police Department chief’s office in Tiyan until the new center opens at the Tumon Police precinct later this year.

The FJC was made possible through the hard work of its planning committee, spearheaded by its chairperson Pale’ Mike Crisostomo, the Governor’s Community Outreach-Federal Program Office, and various organizations such as Alee Shelter, Guam Police Department, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church volunteers, Office of the Attorney General, Superior Court of Guam, Supreme Court of Guam, the United Faith Coalition, members of STOP (Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors) and associate program sub-grantees.

 

“We must continue to be advocates of peace and eradicate violence from our island community,” said Tenorio. “I look forward to seeing the Family Justice Center program grow as it seeks to provide a safe haven for all victims.”