From the St. Pete Catalyst:
“St. Petersburg could be the home for the first Family Justice Center in Florida by July 2022.
The center would provide all the services that victims of domestic violence need in one place, according to Lariana Forsythe, CEO of CASA, the official domestic violence center in Pinellas County.
That’s a far different scenario than the current system, Forsythe and CASA board member Justin McClain told the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday. Currently, a domestic violence victim with children has to travel 20 times and tell their story 17 times to responders and service providers, fill out 289 pages of paperwork and miss 53 hours of work, on average, all while caring for their children, working, going to school and paying bills.”