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  • 10 May 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    The Summer 2021 edition of One Place's HOPE (Help at One Place with Excellence) Newsletter, is now available for download. Please click to read more: HOPE Newsletter_ SU 2021 OPFJC.pdf

  • 28 Apr 2021 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    One Place's Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) program celebrates 25 years in April 2021. The program will host, Take Back the Night, a virtual celebration to honor sexual assault survivors, on April 30 at 6 PM via the One Place website and Facebook page @ oneplacefamilyjusticecenter.

    Take Back the Night celebration 2021 (wsfa.com)

  • 9 Apr 2021 8:18 AM | Anonymous

    April 9, 2021 is dedicated as National Counseling Day by the American Counseling Association (ACA)*, and One Place celebrates its Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) Crisis Counselor, Ms. Terria Herron.  The national effort recognizes the outstanding efforts of counselors as well as raises awareness and promotes mental health for Counseling Awareness Month, celebrated in April.

    Herron, who joined One Place in 2019, has worked with its STAR program for 25 years. Herron, who began with STAR as an intern, later became a sexual assault advocate before taking on her current role as a sexual assault therapist in 2016.

    As Crisis Counselor, Herron assists sexual assault victims who are clients of the STAR program.

    “I offer short-term individual and family counseling services for clients of the STAR program that are victims of adult sexual assault, child sexual assault and victims of human trafficking/sexual exploitation, and adults who may have been victims of childhood sexual assault or molestation,” Herron said. “I assist with educating clients on strategies and coping skills, recommend and make referrals to appropriate community agencies for specialized/long term services, assist with planning and implementation of Sexual Assault awareness month events, and provide community education and awareness on issues of sexual assault and program services as assigned.”

    Herron believes her role in STAR and at One Place helps in building a true connection with sexual assault victims and survivors.

    “I consider my work to be extremely vital to the STAR program and One Place FJC. As a survivor of sexual assault, I believe my education, years of service, and more importantly my experience of being a sexual assault survivor, helps me to build a better rapport with the client, bring more knowledge of the situation, compassion, understanding, empathy and trust to the table,” Herron said. “This is all a plus for the agency as a whole. Our goal is to ensure the safety of the client; empower them; provide them with much needed patience, empathy, compassion and understanding, as well as education to help them to cope with the trauma they have experienced.  Not very often can you say the words “I understand” to a client and they know that you truly do “understand.”

    In addition to offering crisis counseling to sexual assault victims, STAR also offers 24-7 crisis helpline and sexual assault forensic exams for children and adults; prophylactic treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections; accompaniment to law enforcement, medical exam and court proceedings; financial assistance to eligible victims of violent crimes in the areas of medical rehabilitation, counseling, funeral, property and moving expenses, future economic loss, crime scene cleanup and more; replacement clothing for clothing taken during exams; and sexual assault awareness and training for the community, first responders, victim advocates, and sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE). STAR serves Montgomery, Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Perry and Wilcox counties.

    With a Bachelor’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Faulkner University and a Master’s in General Counseling, specialization in sexual assault and behavioral health services for children from Troy Montgomery, Herron is all about inspiring and empowering survivors to “live your best life.”

    “The position I have, I truly love because it gives me an opportunity to provide something to survivors that I never had the opportunity to receive,” Herron said. “It also puts me in a position to provide a greater impact to the survivor by helping them understand it is NEVER THEIR FAULT.  For years I have watched many survivors be ashamed, blamed etc., because of something that was out of their control. My main goal is to help a survivor see there is sunshine beyond the trauma of sexual abuse and assault. You can still live your best life, I am.”

    If you are a victim of sexual assault or abuse, please call One Place Family Justice Center at 334-262-7378 or visit oneplacefjc.org. Victims may also call the STAR 24-7 Crisis Hotline at 334-213-1227.

    *The ACA created “Teal Day,” a social initiative to “build support, recognition, and appreciation for professional counselors.” Celebrated on the second Friday of April, Teal Day encourages awareness of the importance of counseling and self-care for counselors.



  • 8 Apr 2021 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    SAAM2021  #WeBelieve #ShineTheLightOnSexualAssault #LearnEducateAdvocateDonate #SAAM2021

    Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) Program Facts

  • 5 Apr 2021 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and One Place's Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) program is celebrating 25 years of helping sexual assault/rape victims of Central Alabama.

    One Place Executive Director Marjorie Baker said the month's goal is to bring awareness and prevention.

    "As One Place prepares for the annual recognition of SAAM with a series of important awareness events, our Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) Program is celebrating 25 years of doing this critical work," Baker said. "One Place’s goal is to remind the community of the need for awareness throughout the year and to be ever present in solidarity against sexual violence."

    Every Tuesday in April, One Place and the Alabama Coalition Against Rape (ACAR) will host Teal Talk, a virtual series discussing various sexual assault issues. Tune in April 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 1 PM via the STAR or ACAR Facebook pages. Visit One Place’s website (www.oneplacfjc.org), Facebook, and Instagram pages to learn more about our sexual assault awareness activities. #WeBelieve #ShineTheLightOnSexualAssault #LearnEducateAdvocateDonate (LEAD).

    For TEAL Talks:

    Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88615569915?pwd=MG9naG1aVElYamRJdFZXbktqOUdCQT09

    Meeting ID: 886 1556 9915
    Passcode: 013101


     

  • 19 Mar 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous

     

    One Place Family Justice Center celebrates National Social Work Month by highlighting Victim Advocate, Brittany Warren.

    Warren, who began her career at One Place as an intern in 2018, joined the One Place staff in 2019.  Warren provides victim advocacy and crisis management services to victims of domestic violence (DV), sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking and child and elder abuse.

    Having earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Alabama School of Social Work (2019), Warren is also a licensed Master Social Worker (2020). She believes her role at One Place is critical, especially for victims facing a crisis.

    “Before a client leaves One Place, it is our goal to address all their (and family’s) needs and make sure they have a safe place to reside while their legal needs are being taken care of by our partners,” Warren said.  “My goal is to continue to encourage, educate, enrich, empower and enhance the lives of my clients.”

     One Place Family Justice Center collaborates with more than 20 onsite and offsite partners to fulfill its mission of providing a comprehensive service and support center which affords: greater safety, access to services and confidentiality for victims and their families by co-locating services under one roof. One Place is where victims can go to plan for their safety, have an advocate, talk with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, obtain information on shelters, and obtain sexual assault services.

    As a victim advocate, Warren builds a rapport with clients; assesses for crisis intervention, needs for food, shelter, clothing, transportation; offers safety planning with clients, legal services, medical services, and counseling.

    A child of military parents, the Charleston, South Carolina native believes her experience living in various states gives her unique perspective and compassion for clients.

    “I believe this helps set me apart and (to) have an enhanced understanding and respect for the different backgrounds/cultures that our clients represent at One Place FJC,” Warren said.

    Warren also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Alabama State University (2010). She plans to pursue a license in clinical social work and complete studies in Spanish and Sign Language. Warren is currently involved with the Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Task Force. While pursuing her master’s, Warren was chosen to represent the University of Alabama School of Social Work in Washington D.C., working closely with Congress.

    “I was chosen twice … and had the privilege of advocating for multiple bills to be passed by the [House of Representatives] and Senate,” Warren said. “I am also a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society.”

    In her spare time, Warren enjoys spending time with her husband, three boys and extended family.

    If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and are in need of victim advocacy or case management services, please call 334-262-7378 or visit oneplacefjc.org.


  • 11 Mar 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    One Place welcomed Natalie Woodfin, Human Trafficking Case Manager, to its Staff in March 2021. With experience in childhood education, social services and as an investigator for Child Protective Services, the Texas native has a passion for working with disadvantaged populations.

    In her position with One Place, Woodfin hopes to develop the position further, creating more helpful resources for victims of human trafficking.

    “I want to develop a better screening process – I think it is necessary,” Woodfin said, who started with One Place on March 1. “I’ve done a lot of work with … sexual abuse.”

    I really enjoy working with the less fortunate – whether it’s child or adult,” Woodfin said, who worked with Child Protective Services for nearly seven years as well as in the foster care system. “Learning about the (trauma) made me realize what a need there is in the communities for these types of positions (human trafficking). I like that people are coming here, wanting help.”

    Alabama is one of 17 states that does not have current legislation that requires state personnel to be trained on topics of human trafficking, according to research. One Place Lead Case Manager, Leslie Ledbetter stated Woodfin “will be able to assist in filling the training gap in Alabama, and be available for onsite consultation.”  

    “Natalie comes to us as a trained forensic interviewer ready to use these skills in the field to better assist One Place Family Justice Centers and our partners in identifying and serving victims of human trafficking,” Ledbetter said. “The intersectionality of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking makes Natalie's role imperative in the work that we do.”

    The Human Trafficking Institute recently reported only two convictions and one criminal case for the entire state of Alabama in 2019 concerning human trafficking. Scholars and professionals are recommending increasing forensic interviewing skills in front-line workers, such as social workers, nurses, and law enforcement to help identify potential cases.

    As Human Trafficking Case Manager, Woodfin looks forward to working with law enforcement as well as advocating for victims.

    “I’m open to learning about new avenues of teaching – working with the community, getting established with the [human trafficking] task force,” Woodfin said. “I love working with law enforcement and I enjoy going to court.”

    With a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies, Woodfin has also worked in the state of Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities – hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling.


  • 5 Mar 2021 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    One Place Family Justice Center, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, and the Montgomery Police Department held a press conference on March 4, 2021 to discuss the uptick in domestic violence cases/homicides in recent months. See the story here: https://www.wsfa.com/2021/03/05/pandemic-within-pandemic-groups-raise-awareness-about-domestic-violence/

  • 2 Mar 2021 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    [Montgomery, AL] One Place Family Justice Center, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and the Montgomery Police Department will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 4 at 1 PM inside the District Attorney's Office, Grand Jury Room. The event will highlight the rise of DV cases since the Pandemic. Please download the Media Advisory to learn more:

    3-2-21 MEDIA ALERT_One Place DA Office Talk Rise in DV Cases.pdf

  • 24 Feb 2021 1:09 PM | Anonymous
    The Spring 2021 edition of One Place's HOPE (Help at One Place with Excellence) Newsletter, is now available for download. Please click to read more: One Place FJC HOPE Newsletter_ SPR 2021.pdf
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