BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL)- Starting this week, for the first time in Sullivan County, domestic violence victims can get free legal help. A paralegal with Legal Aid is now on staff at the new Family Justice Center in Sullivan County.
This is the first of what will be many resources available at the FJC, it is set to fully open in 2018 with the goal of bringing all the resources a victim would need in to one place.
“Many folks are on their own trying to do it, they don’t know the law, they are not educated on the law, and the whole system being a victim of domestic violence is so difficult that you’re just adding one more obstacle, one more hurdle for them to have to deal with,” Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus said.
“Sullivan County had 68 victims of sex crimes last year in 2016 which puts us, if you look at our population, higher than anywhere else in eastern Tennessee and higher than the average anywhere else in all of Tennessee,” Family Justice Center Site Coordinator Karen Boyd said.