Rockford to help sexual assault and domestic violence victims with ‘Family Peace Center’

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois lawmakers met with Rockford officials on Thursday to discuss bringing a ‘Family Peace Center’ to the Forest City.

The project would qualify for grants from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Family Peace Center is described as a “one-stop shop” for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children.

Last month, legislation was being worked on in the nation’s capital to help get money for similar facilities in local communities.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-17th Dist.) says she’s fighting to make sure Rockford gets a “peace center.”

“You’ve got everybody coming together, recognizing that this is a need. I wanted to make sure that I did my part as a member of Congress, to make sure that there’s funding, that the City of Rockford can go after that, and help develop this,” Bustos said.

The bill passed out of the Appropriations Committee and is expected to be taken up by the full House in the coming weeks.

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