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Orange County Family Justice Center holds inaugural ‘Celebration of Strength’ event'

May, 2018 by Behind The Badge

The survivor of a childhood shattered by horrific domestic violence told the audience her mother would be alive today if the Orange County agency they support had existed in the late 1970s in the small town in Texas where she was living.

“She would still be alive to have met her two grand-children,” keynote speaker Suzanne DeWitt said of her mother, Shirley, at the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation’s inaugural “Celebration of Strength” breakfast.

“She could be here to tell her own story of success,” said DeWitt, whose mother was shot to death by DeWitt’s step-father on Oct. 26, 1978, in Tomball, Texas, part of the Houston metropolitan area..

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243 Anaheim residents receive holiday gifts at Orange County Family Justice Center

December, 2017 by Behind The Badge

The holiday music is playing, kids are running up to Santa Claus to share their wishes, and cart after cart of wrapped holiday gifts are being wheeled out to families at the Orange County Family Justice Center in Anaheim.

This year, donors bought gifts for 53 families — that’s 243 people, 101 children, and 55 teenagers at the center’s annual Adopt-a-Family event, with an average of three gifts per person.

So many gifts were donated that the center had to use four rooms to store them all, said Program Director Stephanie Bruschini of the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation.

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OCFJC In The Media

Violence Survivor: 'I've been to hell and back'

OC Register
April 6, 2010

Maria arrived at the Anaheim Family Justice Center just after Christmas. Her nose was broken. Her black eyes were hidden behind oversized sunglasses.

Her alcoholic boyfriend beat her then burned her clothing

"They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," says Maria, 21. "Well, I've been to hell and back."

She and 20 other women recently graduated from the Justice Center's second "Survivor's Academy," an eight-week course that provides tools, skills and confidence to encourage meaningful change.



For all press inquiries about the OCFJC Foundation (only) please contact:

Tracy Theadore
Executive Director
OCFJC Foundation

150 West Vermont Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: 714.765.1618
Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation
150 West Vermont Avenue | Anaheim, CA 92805
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