Location for Phase 1 of Family Peace Center announced

Mayor Tom McNamara and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announce the location of the temporary Family Peace Center.
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Mayor Tom McNamara and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the temporary location for the Family Peace Center will be housed at the Region One Planning Council space in downtown Rockford.

"When it's fully transformed we want this space to provide hope to our survivors and that they know they're not alone," McNamara said.

The center is set tenatively open on July 1 and will remain the location for atleast two years until a permanent location is found and rennovated.

The Mayor said there has been a 31 percent reduction in violent crime since 2017 however he says 37 percent of all violent crime in 2019 was domestic related.

"More than sixty percent of these young people we arrest for violent offenses grew up in households with domestic violence being present or direct victims," said McNamara.

Beth Edge is part of the Voice's Survivor Group who's mission is to share their vision of the center.

"We want the Family Peace Center to be a space where you are seen and heard," Said Edge. " Where you are safe and celebrated. Where you can breathe. I believe you and we're in this together."