Alabama’s First Lady to attend ribbon cutting at One Place of the Shoals domestic violence justice center


One Place of the Shoals will be moving into an existing building in downtown Florence in October.

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Today, Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley will be in north Alabama for a big celebration in the Shoals.

It’s a ribbon cutting for a place designed to help victims of domestic violence.

It’s a project about a year in the making.  One Place of the Shoals is moving into its own permanent home and out of the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s office.

Investigators have been working on domestic violence crimes in cramped office space.  Tuesday, the organization will be officially at home in a building on the corner of Pine and Tennessee Street in downtown Florence.

One Place of the Shoals provides resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of abuse for all ages.

In the new building, victims will receive medical examinations, law enforcement interviews, legal assistance, crisis counseling, childcare and transportation to the nearest shelter.

Mrs. Bentley will be there for the ribbon cutting at 4:30 this afternoon at 200 West Tennessee Street in Florence.

The new building comes in part due to private and government funds. The Lauderdale District Attorney says organizers planned a capital campaign in the coming months to pay for the remaining debt on the building.

This is the second center of its kind in Alabama.

Mrs. Bentley has a passion for promoting the awareness for domestic violence prevention and Family Justice Centers and breaking the cycle of violence.