A Safe Place Family Justice Center wins 'Best in Category' NACo award

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, 3:23 p.m.



County Commissioners, A Safe Place team members, and Sheriff RobertsThe National Association of Counties (NACo) recently presented Clackamas County with five Achievement Awards for implementing innovative county government programs.

Among the winners: A Safe Place Family Justice Center -- which provides wrap-around services for domestic-violence victims.

NACo named A Safe Place "Best in Category" for Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

A Safe Place Family Justice Center opened in December 2013. It's a partnership between public and nonprofit agencies co-located under one roof -- providing services to victims and their children fleeing domestic violence, sexual violence, elder abuse, and stalking. Services are free of charge and include safety planning, assistance with filing court protective orders, accessing emergency shelter, civil legal services, food resources, housing and counseling.

The Family Justice Center concept is simple but powerful: Bring together a wide range of domestic-violence services in a single location. During one visit, a client might have the opportunity to talk to a domestic-violence advocate, speak with a police officer, receive counseling and spiritual guidance, develop a safety plan, obtain medical care, get food and clothing, or find out about available shelters.

"By bringing together all of the resources in one location, we can make a real difference in their lives and help them break the cycle of dependency and violence," said Sheriff Craig Roberts.

A Safe Place is located at 256 Warner-Milne Rd. in Oregon City. Created with the help of the County Commissioners and Clackamas County's Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services, this Family Justice Center brings together organizations and agencies including Abuse Recovery Ministry and Services, Catholic Charities, the Clackamas County DA's Victim Assistance Program, Clackamas Women's Services, Los Niños Cuentan, Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other legal-service providers, the State Department of Human Services, and Family Stepping Stones.

Not only was A Safe Place Family Justice Center honored with a NACo Achievement Award, it was given the distinction of "Best in Category" out of all submissions related to criminal justice and public safety from counties across the U.S.

"It's a great honor to be recognized nationally for the collaborative work of providing critical services to survivors of domestic violence and their children," said Sheriff Roberts. "We could not do this important work without all of our partners at A Safe Place Family Justice Center, and the leadership of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners."

Commissioners Paul Savas and Martha Schrader joined staff from A Safe Place Family Justice Center to accept the award during the NACo annual conference in Los Angeles on July 24.

Other NACo winners included The Leaders in Sustainability program, the Clackamas County Citizen Academy, the RiverHealth Stewardship Program, and Clackamas County's Planning and Zoning Division. To learn more about all the award-winners, click here for the county's press release.

County commissioners also recognized staff who worked on these award-winning programs at their Aug. 4 business meeting. A photo is linked above.


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