New family justice center opens in Indio

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The third Family Justice Center in Riverside County is now open and providing much-needed services and resources to the Coachella Valley.

The Indio Family Justice Center is located on the first floor at 82-675 Highway 111, Indio, 92201. The Family Justice Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the telephone number is (760) 863-8363.

Advocates are at the center to provide services to victims of domestic violence, adult and child sexual assault, and physical abuse to both children and the elderly.

“This Family Justice Center in Indio is long overdue,” said Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in a press release. “Now residents in all three geographical areas of the county will have these very important support services available to them.”

Family Justice Centers throughout Riverside County bring resources together to provide comprehensive services to victims in a safe, secure and private environment.

Services available to those in need include crisis intervention, legal assistance with temporary restraining orders, information provided about the criminal justice system, victim compensation assistance and referrals to community organizations. Off-site community partners at the Indio FJC currently include Shelter from the Storm, Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services, the CARE (Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly) Team, Riverside County Child Protective Services, Inland County Legal Services and all area law enforcement agencies.

Other Family Justice Centers are located in Riverside at 3900 Orange St., (951) 955-6100, and in Murrieta at 30045 Technology Drive, Suite 101, (951) 304-5680. The Riverside FJC opened in March 2005 followed by the center in Murrieta in November 2006.

In 2012, at Family Justice Center in downtown Riverside, advocates or partner agencies assisted 3,269 people and also assisted 196 people with temporary restraining orders.

Funding for the three centers comes from public and private sources including the Verizon Foundation, Verizon HopeLine, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services and other area businesses and individuals.

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