Student artwork from Southern Adventist University’s School of Visual Art and Design were on display at the unveiling of Chattanooga’s newly built Family Justice Center. Established in July of 2015, the mission of the Family Justice Center is to stop family violence in the community and reduce the economic impact of violence in the area. The center also provides compassionate and professional services those who are affected by domestic violence, elder abuse and human trafficking.
The center is partners with not only Southern Adventist University, but also with the local police, the Attorney General of Tennessee, and other local organizations. The ribbon cutting ceremony was in attendance by the mayor of Chattanooga, Andy Berke, Carol Berz of District 6, the Chief of Police, Fred Fletcher, and the Family Justice Center’s staff, among others.
The ceremony placed special emphasis on the duty that the community has to help those who are affected by domestic violence and to keep an open heart and mind when interacting with survivors of domestic abuse. Through the partnership with the city and local organizations, the Family Justice Center’s staff hopes to provide more efficient and effective outreach for victims of abuse and help them transform from victims to survivors.
Carol Berz gave thanks to the students who donated their work to be on display throughout the facility, highlighting that her desire for the center to not only be a place of safety, but also a place of hope. The works on display were the creations of students Megan Winegardner, Raphael Rodriguez, Tessa Corbin, Nyeli Carbrera, Ryan Plater, and Naomi Schumacher, as well as SVAD’s own professor Donald Keefe, from the Painting and Studio Practices classes.
The Family Justice Center will open to the public within the coming year.