Police Want More Turnout at New Domestic Violence Center

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point Police Department said the new Victim's Justice Center for domestic violence victims has seen little turnout in the first month since its opening, and thus police are encouraging community members to spread the word about the new facility's valuable resources.

Major Kenneth Shultz explained the location of the Victim's Justice Center is not confidential, because it is not a shelter. Instead, it is a centralized location where victims of domestic violence can seek more information about available resources by which to get out of a dangerous situation.

Shultz affirmed the Victim's Justice Center is guarded by security at all times, and victims can request to be referred to an undisclosed shelter location, if desired.

The Victim's Justice Center is located at 401 Taylor Avenue in High Point. Walk-in appointments are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During those times, domestic violence victims can meet with a High Point Police Department detective, the director of victim services and an attorney, whom collectively can help individuals seek safe shelter and potentially pursue legal action with which to obtain a protective order.

Shultz explained the Victim's Justice Center is the latest asset to the Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Program, which was implemented in High Point in 2010 to curb domestic violence crimes. He said since the program's launch, there has been a significant decline in the number of domestic violence-related homicides in High Point, despite Guilford County's increasing rate. Shultz said law enforcement in Lexington, N.C. is replicating the program, and agencies in California have expressed interest in doing the same.

For more information about the Victim's Justice Center, call the High Point Police Department at 336-883-3224 or call the Family Service of the Piedmont's 24-hour crisis lines: 336-273-7273 (Greensboro) and 336-889-7273 (High Point).


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