Family Justice Center

Christine Hatfield

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara announced Thursday a new group known as "100 Men Who Give A Damn" which will meet periodically to raise an estimated $40,000 each year for the Mayor's Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention's Family Peace Center initiative.

The group will meet four times a year for fundraising efforts.

For example, a golf outing in planned for September with participant fees going to domestic violence survivors.

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Rockford-area leaders recognize domestic violence and human trafficking as some of the biggest problems in the community. Now the tool they’ve been working on to tackle those issues is closer to becoming a reality.

 

Rockford is working to set up a one-stop shop for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

In 2016, Rockford was ranked second highest in the state for human trafficking, and domestic violence currently makes up about 30% of the city's violent crime.

City of Rockford

Rockford residents are invited to share their thoughts on creating a Family Justice Center. It's part of Mayor Tom McNamara’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention and the 17th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Coordinated Court.