Family Justice Center to Open Northtowns Location

January 31, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 8:09 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

January 31, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 8:09 PM EDT

Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) An outpouring of support from community groups, individuals, and a coalition of churches is making it possible for the Family Justice Center of Erie County to open a new satellite center in a former church manse on North Forest Road.

In the planning stages for over two years, the satellite location will open during the first week of February 2014.

Since 2006, the Family Justice Center has been helping victims of Domestic Violence seek legal help as they try to escape abusive situations.

The Family Justice Center had locations in downtown Buffalo and the Southtowns, but there was no presence in the Northtowns until now.

A coalition of over a dozen Northtown churches provided volunteers and funding for renovations at a former church residence which is being leased to the Family Justice Center for only $1 per year by the North Presbyterian Church.

Great care was taken in designing the new location to be
"warm and inviting," says executive director Mary Travers Murphy.

All the rooms are adopted by community groups, individuals, and area churches which are providing donations for the continued operation of the satellite center.

Without the community support, it is unlikely that the Family Justice Center would have been able to expand at this time, adds Travers Murphy.

The satellite center will be open three days per week.

Domestic violence / abuse victims will be able to seek assistance from over 14 on-site partner agencies including the New York State Police.

More information is available by calling 716-558-SAFE (7233)

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