It’s been six months almost to the day, since the Kern County Family Justice Center opened to the public. Since then, hundreds of victims have come forward, proving this resource was well worth fighting for.
The Kern County Family Justice Center on Oak Street opened in January.
“When you open a facility like that you wonder, is there a need? And if there is, will people even come?” said Lisa Green, the Kern County District Attorney who spent six years working on bringing the center to Bakersfield.
Since then, 873 victims have walked through the center’s doors, seeking help from domestic violence, sexual assault or both.
“Being a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault they’re already in a really difficult place. In crisis. They feel alone and scared. The idea with a Family Justice Center is to create a warm, inviting environment; a place where victims feel safe,” said Kristin Barnard, the Executive Director at the Kern County Family Justice Center.
The center is a one-stop shop where victims have access to every resource they could possibly need all in one place.
“You don’t know how many of those 800 people might not be on earth today but for the help they received from the Family Justice Center,” said Green.
All of the services offered at the Family Justice Center are free and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to their staff.
The center is located at 2101 Oak Street and is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can learn more about the Family Justice Center here.