Plans for Family Justice Center in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford County Family Justice Center is moving closer to becoming a reality. There are plans to renovate a building in downtown Greensboro pending the necessary funding.

Ahead of a vote to receive additional funding from the county, partner agencies say the center would transform the way domestic violence victims receive critical services.

"Currently for a family seeking safe services, they may have to go to various places across town, and so the Justice Center will be a single point of access that will be much more efficient,” Catherine Johnson, director of the Guilford County Family Justice Center, said.

Captain Karen Walters with the Greensboro Police Department says the need for a one-stop location is significant, especially considering the amount of domestic violence calls police respond to in the city and county.

"It's actually 2,000 calls a month, which makes it over 20,000 a year,” Walters said.

"Our numbers have always been high and we have not seen an increase because again the issue [has] always been there, but it’s been a hidden issue and so most folks are not aware of it because it's not something people like to discuss,” Tom Campbell, president and CEO of Family Service of the Piedmont, said.

The total cost of the renovation is $600,000. The county has provided funds for the renovation already. Commissioners will vote on whether to provide additional funding on Oct. 2.