County Family Protection Center opens in Tucker

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Victims of any type of physical abuse can seek help in DeKalb County through the county’s new Family Protection Center.

County officials cut the ribbon May 28 to celebrate the opening of the center, which is housed in the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue’s central office in Tucker. Officials also signed a memorandum of understanding.

The center will be a safe location for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking to receive assistance and critical services.

“Finally there is a safe haven in DeKalb County, and we call it the Family Protection Center,” said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James.

The center will provide sexual assault examinations and counseling services for children and adults. Victims will receive counseling services, forensic interviews and other services.

“The victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse or human trafficking have to go several places before justice is served,” James said. “Oftentimes, these victims are burned out and they give up. Even the ones that stay the course end up being victimized by the process.

“The idea behind the Family Protection Center is that you take as many resources as possible and you put them in one place,” James added. “They call it a one-stop shop.”

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First responders will undergo training to help them understand the process of referring victims of crimes to the center.

The center is equipped with donated supplies from various companies throughout Georgia, including Crossville Tile and Stone, Atlanta Office Liquidators Inc., Kimball Office, Deljou Art Gallery and Creative Business Interiors.

The center partners include DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, the office of CEO, DeKalb Board of Commissioners, DeKalb Police Department, DeKalb Fire and Rescue, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Day League, International Women’s House, Adult Protective Services, Department of Family and Children Services, DeKalb TRIAD and more.

CEO Lee May said the partnerships shows “that we as a family in DeKalb County are committed to doing the right things where our most vulnerable are concerned.

“We are proud to be the first to offer a Family Protection Center of this nature in our state,” May added.

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