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One-stop justice center close to reality

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A person assembling a new wardrobe can visit the mall and easily buy everything she needs, all under one roof.

A grocery shopper can purchase eggs, meat, vegetables and pancake mix at a single supermarket.

“But when you’ve got somebody just trying to survive violence, they’ve got to go all over,” Suzanne Schultz of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office says. “It’s ridiculous.”

That sad reality, however, may not be the case much longer. For more than a year, Schultz has been leading an effort to establish a one-stop Family Justice Center in San Joaquin County, and the work appears as if it will bear fruit as soon as 2016.

The center would give victims access in one place, to a prosecutor, counselor and social worker; assistance in filling out a restraining order; help from the Sheriff’s Office in serving a restraining order; and aid in securing emergency housing.

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