KOKH: Congresswoman Horn calls for family justice center funding
By Destiny Washington
Published: May 8th 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Congresswoman Kendra Horn calls on congressional leadership to include funding in the next stimulus bill for Family Justice Centers, such as Palomar in Oklahoma City.
These centers help victims and survivors of domestic violence access the resources they need in one place. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders, Family Justice Centers have seen a dramatic increase in domestic violence cases, with Centers across the country reporting an increase in requests for services of 20 to 30 percent.
At Family Justice Centers, survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse have access to critically important wraparound resources. Survivors can receive assistance in obtaining temporary restraining orders, find safe housing, meet their prosecutors, work with detectives, and obtain forensic exams.
You can read Horn’s letter below.