November 29, 2005

Crapo To Speak At Family Justice Center Opening

Nampa center a national model for domestic violence assistance

Nampa â?? The State of Idaho and City of Nampa will be in the national spotlight tomorrow when the Nampa Family Justice Center celebrates its grand opening. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who has sponsored and advocated for federal legislation and funding assisting the Nampa center, will speak at the event. Crapo says the Nampa center represents one of the first examples of a new national effort to centralize services for victims of violence and their families.â??Idahoans are at the forefront in this historic effort to help victims of domestic violence,â?? Crapo said. â??The grand opening of the Family Justice Center in Nampa will feature local and national speakersâ??including the national director for the Office on Violence Against Women, Diane Stuart. I agree with her view that there is a paradigm shift in how we are responding to violence against women. That change can be seen in local coordinated community response centers such as the one opening in Nampa. It is an approach rooted in the belief that criminal justice officials, victim advocates, community leaders, health workers, elected officials, and others must work in collaboration to respond to violence against women.â??This is Crapoâ??s third visit to the Nampa facility. Crapo has been instrumental in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and in safeguarding funding sources under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Crapo also took Idahoâ??s â??Cassieâ??s Lawâ?? model to Congress and added federal assistance for women who encounter violence in dating relationships. He assisted with the funding for the Nampa center and recently announced a $1 million grant for a similar domestic violence center for Ada County. Last year Crapo was also named by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence to be the spokesperson for a television and radio campaign seeking to raise awareness about domestic violence and how help is available for victims of abuse. Wednesday, November 30th: 10:00 a.m.Nampa Delivers remarks at the grand opening of the Family Justice Center, 1303 Third Street South.