St. Joseph Family Justice Center marks 10th year with national event

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The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, a one-stop help center for victims of domestic violence and their children, is marking the 10th anniversary of its founding with public events and training sessions as it hosts the National Family Justice Center Initiative Wednesday through Friday.

Public events planned in the coming days at Indiana University-South Bend include:

Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m.: Strategic planning session to invigorate partners’ support for the center and develop goals. Community members, law-enforcement officials, local attorneys, medical providers and social services providers are invited.

Thursday, 9.a.m.: Keynote speaker Casey Gwinn, attorney and president of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, will address the importance of Family Justice Centers in breaking the vicious generational cycle of family violence. American Lawyer magazine has recognized Gwinn as one of the top 45 public lawyers in the United States.

Friday, 8:30 a.m.: Daylong strangulation case training conducted by Gwinn, Dr. Dean Hawley of Indiana University School of Medicine, and Gael Strack, attorney and CEO of the National Family Justice Center Alliance.

Community leaders interested in participating in strategic planning or strangulation case training sessions should contact Jessica McBrier with the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office at 574-235-9919, or, for questions and to register. Lunch will be provided. Event parking is available in Lots A & 0 off Esther Street.

The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County received its start from a program, created under the administration of President George W. Bush, known as the Family Justice Center Initiative. In 2004, the Office of Violence Against Women identified St. Joseph County as one of 15 pilot sites nationwide out of 400 applicants. The center opened its doors in 2007.

The FJC is made up of local nonprofit and governmental agencies that partner to help victims and their families quickly and confidentially seek information and easily access resources to help them escape the cycle of violence. The St. Joseph Center is one of 80 Family Justice Centers nationwide, and one of just two in Indiana. The Julian Center in Indianapolis is the state’s other Family Justice Center.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.