The Rev. Ray Hickman sees the Family Safety Center as a place that offers justice, compassion and mercy to victims of domestic violence, he said at the dedication of a new and much larger facility downtown Wednesday night.
Hickman is the executive director of the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, one of several partner agencies that formerly collaborated to help victims in a 6,000-square-foot space near 31st Street and Harvard Avenue.
Now the ministry, law enforcement agencies, legal entities, Domestic Violence Intervention Services and many other partner agencies have nearly twice the space on the remodeled first floor of the Tulsa Police and Municipal Courts Building.
Executive Director Suzann Stewart said the added space means more services and partners helping 8,000 clients a year.
The center is one of about 80 established facilities of its kind, said Casey Gwinn of the National Family Justice Center Alliance.
The number is on track to double as additional centers open across the United States.
“The power of hope is what transforms trauma into healing,” Gwinn told the crowd.
Stewart lauded Tulsa Police Maj. Walter Evans and the city of Tulsa as partners that are critical to the project’s success.
City Manager Jim Twombly and City Councilor G.T. Bynum returned her praise.
“This service is, unfortunately, needed in all parts of our town,” Bynum said.
The center, in the Tulsa Police and Municipal Courts Building on Sixth Street between Denver and Houston avenues, is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
Victims can obtain emergency protective orders, find resources for children who have been exposed to domestic violence, get forensic medical assistance to document their injuries and seek legal support at the center.
For more information, call 918-742-7480 or go online to www.fsctulsa.org.