The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center in Tacoma has received a national award for its continued dedication to supporting domestic violence victims.
The National Criminal Justice Association presented the center with the Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award at a three-day conference in Bellevue. The annual conference ended Tuesday.
The national association honors four programs each year. The programs are selected by experts “as innovative criminal justice programs that showcase promising practices to address critical crime-related issues in their communities,” according to a Pierce County press release.
“It is truly an honor to receive this award,” said Susan Adams, director of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. “It is a testament to the women and men working at the Center on behalf of clients and in pursuit of justice. This award belongs to each and every one of them.”
The Pierce County and Tacoma City councils will present proclamations to the justice center next week to recognize the award.
The center, named in honor of the slain wife of former Tacoma Police Chief David Brame, opened in December 2005. Brame killed his wife, Crystal, and then fatally shot himself in 2003.
The center is a one stop resource for domestic violence victims. Last year, 2,654 clients and 863 children visited the center to receive help in getting civil legal and protection orders, housing and other assistance. Another 3,137 people were helped over the phone.
The center, which can be contacted at 253-798-4166, is a collaboration by Pierce County and the City of Tacoma. The center’s operates on funding from Tacoma, Pierce County, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the federal government.