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  • 1 Sep 2020 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Our latest newsletter, HOPE (Help at One Place with Excellence) is now available to view. HOPE Newsletter_ SU 2020_OPFJC.pdf

  • 21 Jul 2020 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    Child Protect, a child advocacy center in Montgomery and partner of One Place Family Justice Center, has seen a recent surge in child abuse cases since the State's Stay-at-Home order has lifted. READ MORE

    One Place Family Justice Center provides 24/7 pediatric forensic sexual assault exams. For more information,

    Call our 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 334-213-1227 or visit

  • 20 Jul 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Actress Hayden Panettiere recently opened up about being involved in an abusive relationship and the importance of a support system. ONE PLACE Family Justice Center offers resources close to home for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.


  • 15 Jul 2020 1:30 AM | Anonymous

    One Place Family Justice Center congratulates longtime Attorney Jim Smith, who was recently awarded the Alabama State Bar's first Pro Bono Public Interest Award in July 2020. Practicing since 1978, Smith began his career with Legal Services Alabama, Inc., handling thousands of cases ranging from wage garnishment and foreclosure to domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2010, Smith became the first attorney housed at One Place Family Justice Center, which he helped founded.

    Jim, thank you for your continued dedicated service to helping low-income individuals and victims of domestic violence across the River Region!

    [Photo courtesy: Legal Services Alabama, Inc.]

  • 12 Apr 2019 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    As of April 2019, the Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) program, formerly of Lighthouse Counseling Center, will be operated and administered by One Place Family Justice Center at 530 S. Lawrence Street, Montgomery, Alabama.  The program continues as one of the many existing co-located services at One Place in support of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, child/elder abuse and human trafficking.

    STAR was founded in 1974 by the Montgomery Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women.  Initially, and for over thirty (30) years, the program was operated by volunteers with Lighthouse Counseling Center, which provided professional counseling and support for victims in need of services beyond those that volunteers were able to provide.

    Today, One Place Family Justice Center's STAR program operates sexual assault services for persons of all ages in nine (9) River Region counties (Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Butler, Crenshaw, Dallas, Wilcox and Perry), with the main office located in the City of Montgomery.  The S.T.A.R. program provides forensic evidentiary examinations to victims of sexual assault, in addition to advocating, supporting and providing immediate crisis counseling for victims.  S.T.A.R. also provides a 24-7 hotline, referral services, information, and sexual assault awareness for the community and first responders.

    Services have now been expanded to include pediatric acute sexual assault examinations performed by trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.), formerly only available to central Alabama residents at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

    Through the generous contributions and support of our funders and donors, One Place has added a second examination room specifically for child victims.

    In 2017-2018 the S.T.A.R. program served 289 victims of sexual assault.

    Recent statistics show 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their life.  1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.  20-25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college.  91% of victims of rape and sexual assaults are not reported to police.  The prevalence of false reporting is low-between 2% and 10%.

    Being a victim of sexual assault is not your fault.  Nothing in what you say, the way you look, where you are, or who you are with gives anyone else the right to hurt you.  It does not matter if you are dating or have ever been intimate with the person who sexually assaulted you; it does not give that person the right to force you to participate in sexual acts if you don't want to, event if you have had sexual activity of any sort with them in the past.  It's still wrong.

    If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, please call the One Place Family Justice Center's STAR Crisis Line at 334.213.1227 or 888.908.7273.

    You can make a difference.  Get involved:  Volunteer - Donate - Educate

  • 6 Jun 2018 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    The Family Sunshine Center provides safe shelter.

    Secure and confidential housing along with supportive services for people in need of immediate protection from their abusers.  


    Clients are provided with private rooms, therapeutic counseling, case management, and education around safety planning, legal services, housing stability, and other needs as the process of recovering from trauma begins.

    The Family Sunshine Center
    858 S. Court Street
    Montgomery, AL  36104
    Phone:  335-206-2100

  • 1 Mar 2018 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    MONTGOMERY - There is no greater honor than to have the opportunity to work in partnership with, and on behalf of, survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It is also an honor to be associated with an organization that has been a great labor of love and has done so much to promote domestic peace, justice and equality for all the citizens of this community. With an excellent board of directors firmly committed to our mission, a highly professional and dedicated staff, and an array of outstanding services, One Place is well-positioned to face the future. As I come to understand the history of this organization, I feel as though the leaders of the past have placed us in a position to take a major step in our evolution.

    This evolution calls us to lead with our vision for change.

    Looking ahead, One Place will retain its traditional focus on providing services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, elder abuse and human trafficking. By seeking to strengthen our organizational capacity we will continue to customize our programs and services to suit the changing needs of our community. To accomplish these goals, we will look to establish new partnerships with federal, state and local funders, the business community in the region, academic and professional organizations, foundations, civil society, and concerned individuals who share our vision regarding the core value of non-violence and human dignity.

    The challenges ahead are substantial, but opportunities abound.  To push forward for policies and actions that will support the victims and survivors we serve we will continue to need your support. We ask for your support so that we may carry on the amazing work of those that have gone before us and those yet to emerge. We strive to transform the social norms that fuel violence and hatred while also building the norms that support domestic peace, equality, and justice. As someone whose life course has been charted to an important degree by a persistent passion for preserving the human rights and dignity of all people, I am convinced that the peace and empowerment of societies is measured one person at a time.

  • 25 Jan 2018 11:01 AM | Anonymous


    MONTGOMERY – One Place Family Justice Center (One Place) today announced they are the recipients of a $10,000.00 Efficiency Forward Grant from The Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund. One Place will use these funds to update older florescent lighting to more efficient LEDs and to install programmable thermostats in their facility at 530 S. Lawrence Street in Montgomery.

    Executive Director Kaye Harris says, “One Place currently spends over $20,000 per year on electricity. It is estimated these improvements will reduce that cost on average $6,800 per year, or 1/3 of the total cost. The money we save on our electric bill each month is money that will go directly to the achievement of our mission. We are delighted to partner with the ABC Trust Fund.”

    Founded in 2009, as a one-stop shop for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse, One Place’s mission and purpose is to be a comprehensive service and support center which provides greater safety, access to services, and confidentiality for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking and child and elder abuse.

    The Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund was created by Alabama Power in 1992 to partner with agencies to help low-income families pay their energy bills and support programs that promote energy efficiency for non-profits and low-income individuals and families. To learn more about the ABC Trust, please visit

  • 14 Jun 2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous


    MONTGOMERY— Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a $498,124.00 Grant to expand the free, professional services available to victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County.

    One Place Family Justice Center is using grant funds to expand its staff which will allow the center to assist 950 victims over the next year, officials said. The center serves as a central location where a multi-disciplinary team of professionals work together to provide coordinated services to victims.

    “Having the right personnel in place can make all the difference in the lives of those who have just been through something horrific.”  “I commend the work One Place has done for domestic violence victims in Montgomery County, and I’m proud that this grant will enable the center to hire staff to help even more people,” Governor Ivey said.

    One Place will hire two specialists who assist victims in obtaining crisis intervention services through the center or at other service organizations in the community. Additionally, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office will use funds to hire an officer for One Place who specializes in abuse cases involving the elderly.

    The grant also will help the Family Sunshine Center to employ two case managers who will work directly through One Place to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Family Sunshine Center will also hire a new legal advocate to work with clients who need safety and emergency legal assistance.

    The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (A.D.E.C.A.), administers the grant funds from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    “Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Ivey and ADECA’s partnership with local nonprofit organizations like One Place, invaluable services are being provided to victims of domestic violence.”  “Gov. Ivey is a strong advocate for domestic violence victims in Alabama, and this grant will help ensure those in the Montgomery area who have suffered from this terrible crime will have the resources they need to recover,” A.D.E.C.A. Director Kenneth Boswell said.

    A.D.E.C.A. manages a wide array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, energy conservation, water resource management, economic development and recreation.

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530 S. Lawrence Street | Montgomery, AL   36104
Phone: 334.262.7378 | Fax: 334.263.3525 

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed all State holidays.

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