“We need everybody to understand that violence is an issue, but we’re trying to address it,” said FSU Director, Mary Reina, who will be presenting an overview of the program. “The main thing is to raise awareness about what we’re trying to do to turn this around into a community that cares about violence as opposed to one that’s always reporting the violence.”
AV Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit is a unique program, the only of its kind in the state of California. The function of the unit is to assess, document, photograph and collect evidence on all cases presenting to the hospital or referred by law enforcement. The FSU also coordinates the medical/legal needs of victims and provides care to those who have experienced life changing events. Read more about the program here.
At Thursday’s community lecture, Reina will also discuss efforts to create a Family Justice Center to make it easier for a victim of violence to get help.
“The goal would be to have a program where a victim can come and get legal assistance, advocacy, forensic exams, counseling… providing all the necessary services to victims under a one-stop shop,” Reina said. “It makes it easier for victims, especially in the Antelope Valley where we’re so spread out and there’s a lot of financial and transportation issues.”
A question and answer session will be held at the conclusion of Reina’s presentation.
The community health lecture on AV Hospital’s response to violence takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at AVH Community Resource Center – Auditorium, located at 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster.
Admission is free and there will be light refreshments. To attend the lecture, register by calling 661-726-6499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.