Guam – The Guam Police Department is working to get the community more involved with the island’s Family Justice Center.
The victims’ services program has been on Guam for two years but so far there has been little participation outside of GPD. Captain Ray Perez has formed a planning committee made up of various agencies and victims’ advocacy groups to revive the program.
Participants in the Thursday’s planning meeting included the Attorney General’s Office, Guam Public Defender’s Office, The Alee Shelter, Child Protective Services, Random Women’s Rally (RaWR) and victims of crimes.
Victims’ Advocate Adriana Rios says the goal is to have one physical location for victims to go to for help.
“Thats what the goal of the FJC is to make sure that victims don’t have to re-victimize themselves over and over again by having to retell their story” Rios told PNC.
The Guam Family Justice Center is modeled after the National Justice Center Alliance. Currently the justice center is located at the Dededo Police Precinct.