Last Sunday’s Olympian editorial re: SafePlace and the Family Justice Center was a disappointment. Historically, the Olympia area has been known for being willing to work in a collegial manner on projects for the greater good of the community. The editorial framed the conversation around the Family Justice Center Concept as an either/or outcome. When working together in a collegial manner, the conversation is grounded in a both/and outcome.
For those who are not aware of the Family Justice Center concept, Google Family Justice Center of San Diego, which was the first one established in the U.S.
Another resource to educate yourself is the Family Justice Center Alliance.
With all the talent present in the Olympia area, I believe SafePlace, which has provided critical, necessary services to those folks in domestic violence situations, and the proposed Family Justice Center can and should come together and develop a program that meets the myriad needs surrounding the critical issues of domestic violence and family safety.
Support for the collaboration of SafePlace and the Family Justice Center program will raise the bar in this community to address the needs of those seeking services around domestic violence issues.