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TULSA, OKLAHOMA On Wednesday, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, the Family Safety Center’s partners and the City of Tulsa dedicated the Charles Head Cherokee Nation One Fire Wing of the Family Safety Center’s new 11,000 square foot facility at 600 Civic Center in Tulsa.
Earlier this year, the Cherokee Nation mourned the passing of Secretary of State, Charles L. Head. In his honor, the Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Against Violence Task Force and Victim Services Office was established to provide services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and dating violence not only in its jurisdiction, but also in the surrounding communities in Northeastern Oklahoma.
“The Cherokee Nation is committed to reducing violence and abuse in Oklahoma communities. We are proud to partner with the Family Safety Center, which will support domestic violence survivors and their families, raise public awareness and help curb the epidemic of violence against women and children. This issue was a deeply personal one for our late Secretary of State Charles L. Head and we are honored that this wing will bear his name. If it saves one life, the investment has paid for itself a million times over,”
said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
“Women and children should be able to live their lives without fear. That is not just a Cherokee right, it is a basic human right. We have an obligation to build a brighter future for all our people, Cherokee and non-Cherokee alike.”
Family Safety Center board chair Deborah Shallcross said
“On behalf of the Family Safety Center, our partners, and survivors of domestic violence in Tulsa County, we are extremely grateful for this generous gift from the Cherokee Nation. This shows their commitment to combating the epidemic of domestic violence.”
The Family Safety Center’s services are made possible by collaboration with their on-site partner agencies, including DVIS/Call Rape, Office of the District Attorney, RSVP of Tulsa, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, Tulsa Police Department Family Violence and Forensic Nursing Units and the YWCA.
The Family Safety Center’s hours are 8:00 to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Emergency protective orders are filed between 8 am and 1:00 pm and EPO hearings take place at 2:30 pm. Appointments are not necessary. Parking assistance is available at the Civic Center Parkade located at 3rd and Frisco.
posted October 10, 2013 8:10 am edt