In a report by Christina Boomer, "New center is 'one-stop shop' for domestic violence victims," Berman said it is one of the first comprehensive centers in the country pertaining to issues of family justice. The Center, a partnership with the O'Connor House-Avon Foundation Program for Women and Justice, will engage students and professors from the College of Law, and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, School of Social Work and School of Social and Family Dynamics at ASU to provide support and free legal assistance to victims.
"We will have a wide range of students work holistically to address the needs of the clients," Berman said. "If you get even a few students interested now, it ends up creating a whole cadre of students in the future who remain committed to these issues."
Sarah Buel, a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, former prosecutor and domestic violence survivor, has been named the faculty director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice. Buel is a leading figure regarding legal advocacy on behalf of family violence victims.
The Center is being funded through a $1 million grant from the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation, and a second $1 million grant from NextCare Urgent Care is funding the Clinic, which will be housed within the Center.
To view the report and the full interviews with Berman, Laurel Stoimenoff, President and Chief Operating Officer of NextCare Urgent Care, and Lorel Stevens, a domestic violence survivor, click here.
To read a press release about the Center and Clinic, click here.
To read a press release about Buel, click here.