Congressman Tony Cardenas, and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer will join officials from California State University, Northridge’s Strength United, the Los Angeles Police Department and Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Center for Assault Treatment Services on Thursday, Oct. 15, as they celebrate the grand opening of the Family Justice Center, the first of its kind in Los Angeles County.
The Family Justice Center is a unique public/private partnership that houses multiple agencies under one roof to serve individuals of all ages who have experienced child maltreatment, domestic violence and/or sexual violence. In addition to Strength United (formerly the Valley Trauma Center), the center’s partners include the Center for Assault Treatment Services, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program and Jewish Family Services’ Family Violence Project.
The grand-opening celebration is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. at the center, located at 14651 Oxnard St. in Van Nuys.
“With all of these agencies working together under one roof, we hope to increase offender accountability and break the cycle of violence by reducing barriers to services for those who need them,” said Kim Goldberg-Roth, LMFT, executive director of Strength United.
Operating through CSUN’s Michael D. Eisner College of Education, Strength United is a comprehensive social service organization, providing 24/7 support and crisis intervention, along with long-term counseling, victim advocacy and prevention-education programs to individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment and other crimes. Committed to ending abuse, empowering families and developing leaders, Strength United trains and supervises hundreds of CSUN students each year in volunteer and internship roles, where they interact with mental health, social service, and medical and law enforcement professionals.
Strength United is serving as the lead agency for the new Family Justice Center co-located and partnered with Center for Assault Treatment Services. The partnership boasts offices for Los Angeles Police Department major assault crimes detectives, medical exam rooms, forensic interview rooms with digital recording capability, a children’s play area, therapy offices and training rooms.
For more information about the Family Justice Center or to learn more about helping someone affected by child maltreatment, domestic violence or sexual violence, call (818) 886-0453 or (661) 253-0258.