The Safe Passage Center is now open for both monitored child exchanges and supervised visits for families experiencing domestic violence. The Center can reduce stress for the entire family by providing a healing environment. The Center is open:
Tuesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Survivors will now be able to transfer their children for court-ordered visits without fear of violence or harassment, and avoid all contact with their abuser.
Judges may order supervised visits to occur in one of the Safe Passage playrooms when they believe unsupervised visits may put the child at risk. All services are free to County residents. Some funds are available to help clients with transportation costs when necessary.
Earlier in 2017, County Executive Ike Leggett added initial funds for this critical safety net service to his budget. The entire County Council voted unanimously to not only support Mr. Leggett’s funding for the Center, but to add needed funds for additional security equipment and staff to allow the Center to be open more hours.
The County Executive and County Council have done their part to reduce domestic violence visitation-related homicides, assaults, and harassment. Now we need our District and Circuit Court judges to require the use of the Safe Passage Center in final protective orders, and in relevant custody/divorce orders.