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Congrats on Family Justice Center

By February 18, 2011

Congratulations to District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Yolo County for developing a Family Justice Center. I visited the San Diego Family Justice Center years ago and was most impressed by the coordination, cost-effectiveness and humane approach for victims of violence.

We hope family and juvenile courts will be part of the Family Justice Center, since they often deal with victims. Courts may be advised by mental health evaluators rather than investigators with training and experience in investigating crimes. Since no psychological test can determine if a person has committed a violent crime, children may be placed at risk based on recommendations by mental health evaluators. We believe that recommendations by a multi-disciplinary interview team would be far more likely to ensure child physical and sexual safety.

We are very proud of Yolo County for making crime victims’ lives less difficult.

Connie Valentine, M.S.

Incest Survivors Speakers’ Bureau

Davis

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