The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office issued the following press release regarding a Georgia Power donation to the Family Justice Center:
Cobb County District Attorney Flynn D. Broady, Jr., announces a Georgia Power Foundation donation of $ 35,000 for strategic planning at the Cobb County Family Justice Center. Through the collaborative work and partnership with the Cobb County Attorney’s Office, Family Justice Center Site Coordinator TaNesha McAuley, Georgia Power Regional Manager Britt Fleck, and LiveSafe Resources, Inc. CEO Tracey Atwater, this charitable donation was made possible.
Georgia Power, along with the Georgia Power Foundation, has pledged $ 87 million throughout 2021-2025 to continue advancing race equity and social justice efforts in Georgia. This funding will support initiatives focused on educational equity, criminal justice equity, economic empowerment and energy justice. The company’s investment is part of Southern Company and its charitable foundations’ overall commitment to invest a total of $ 225 million over five years to support these efforts. This financial commitment is a key part of Southern Company’s Moving to Racial Equity framework to help guide and better define its actions and commitments around racial equity work.
“At Georgia Power, we believe in the importance of supporting our communities and neighbors with the resources they need to thrive and provide a secure and prosperous future for themselves and their families,” said Britt Fleck, Regional Director by Georgia Power. “We are proud that our Foundation is supporting the creation of the Cobb County Family Justice Center, where it will provide victims and survivors with the tools to make a difference in their lives. “
Planning a family justice center, a model of public safety that serves as a one-stop-shop for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking humans, is Cobb County’s commitment to bringing hope and restorative justice to victims. The funding provided by Georgia Power will support the two-day strategic planning process early next year. The whole community will be invited to participate in the planning process. District Attorney Broady noted the impact this funding will have on Cobb County: “We are grateful for the generosity and commitment of Georgia Power and the Southern Company to our community. Addressing the trauma suffered by the victims and survivors of these horrific crimes requires the collaborative work of our community partners. I am encouraged by the Family Justice Center to foster this collaboration and let victims and survivors know that they are not alone, and that we, as a community, are on their side.
About the Family Justice Center
The Family Justice Center was organized in 2020 when the office of former DA Joyette Holmes received a grant of $ 400,000 for the project.
The grant is administered by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council with federal dollars from the Victims of Crime Act. Only two other communities in Georgia, Waycross and Macon, have received grants to establish family justice centers. Savannah has the only existing center in Georgia.
Funding for the center comes from federal dollars through the Victims of Crime Act, and the grant is administered by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
The mission of the Family Justice Centers is described on the Georgia CJCC website as follows:
Family Justice Centers are multi-agency, multidisciplinary, co-located centers that provide services to victims of interpersonal violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. They can also deal with elder abuse or dependent adults and human trafficking. The Family Justice Center model is identified as a best practice in family violence intervention and prevention services. Its documented and published results include reduced homicides, increased victim safety, increased autonomy and accountability for victims, reduced fear and anxiety for victims and their children, and reduced recantation and minimization by victims. when they receive that level of support. For more information on Family Justice Centers, please visit www.familyjusticecenter.org or watch What is a Family Justice Center? by the FJC Alliance.