Community Forum

Tuesday, January 29

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

(Continental breakfast will be at 8 a.m.)

SECCA Auditorium 

750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC

Join local community leaders and national experts from the Family Justice Center Alliance, a program of the San Diego-based Alliance for HOPE International, to learn about the Family Justice Center movement and how it can benefit victims of family violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse) in Forsyth County.  A Family Justice Center is an innovative, collaborative community resource that improves access to protection and services for victims of family violence and sexual assault.

More than 13 years ago, Safe on Seven became the first multi-agency center in North Carolina to provide support and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in one location. Over the past year, a planning group has been meeting to discuss a greater vision for Forsyth County – the establishment of a Family Justice Center.  Core members of the planning group include the Forsyth County Manager, Assistant County Manager, Forsyth County Chief District Court Judge, Forsyth County Clerk of Court, Forsyth County District Attorney, Forsyth County Sheriff, Kernersville Chief of Police, Winston-Salem Chief of Police, Director of the Forsyth County Department of Social Services, and executive leadership of Family Services, the Children’s Law Center, the Parenting Path, and Legal Aid.

The team from the Alliance for Hope will be in Forsyth County on January 29 and 30 to conduct a “Study Tour,” meeting with members of our community to provide guidance regarding the process of developing a Family Justice Center and to learn about what is unique about our community and our ongoing partnerships.  The Study Tour will provide the foundation for a community-wide strategic planning process leading to the establishment of a Family Justice Center in Forsyth County.  Our Study Tour has been generously underwritten by the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission and Forsyth County.

On behalf of our county partners, Family Services hopes that you can join us on the morning of January 29 to learn more about this exciting means for assisting families in crisis in our community.  Please REGISTER HERE so we will know how many people will be attending.  You may also wish to read more about the Family Justice Center movement on the links listed above.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to other interested community members.

Thank you for your time and commitment to making our community a better place to live and work.