The Chattanooga City Council unanimously approved $1.6 million to put toward permanent and temporary facilities for the Family Justice Center.

The center will be located near a Brainerd shopping center. The temporary site will open at 5741 Cornelison Road later this spring. It’s unclear when a permanent facility will open nearby on Eastgate Loop.

The center will provide free services for victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse and domestic violence. It plans to put a range of social services under one roof with up to 38 organizations participating, according to Executive Director Valerie Radu.

The Family Justice Center is partnering with the Chattanooga Police Department and Southern Adventist University School of Social Work to develop a victims’ assistance program and a lethality assessment, which could help identify potential aggressors and at-risk victims.

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