Officials Break Ground At Family Justice Center Site

Posted at 5:42 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:38:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police and city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a new Family Justice Center to be built in Davidson County.

The center was described as a joint venture that hopes to make life easier for adult and child victims of domestic and sexual assault

The event took place at the cite of the new building at the old Chevrolet dealership location on Mufreesboro Pike.

Officials announced that it would be home to Metro Police Department's Domestic Violence Division, Sex Crimes Unit and Youth Services Division.

The Nashville Children's Alliance, prosecutors from the Davidson County District Attorney General's Office and an office for the state Department of Children's Services were also among the list of agencies to move into the building.

Leaders said the joining of services was long overdue.

“For the victims and victim’s families, one place to come to - one place to show up, receive the services they need the services they deserve,” said Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson. “[There is] plenty of parking, bus transportation, not having to route them all over Nashville to get those services. We are very excited about it."

Tennessee has two established Family Justice Centers, one in Knoxville and one in Memphis.