Hamilton County criminals soon could help pay for nonprofit victim services

PHOTO BY PAUL LEACH. Pam Ladd, CEO of Partnership for Families Children and Adults, speaks to the Hamilton County Commission on July 27, 2016.
photo Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 5/17/16. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger

Hamilton County criminals soon could help pay for nonprofit victim services through a proposed $45 court-imposed fee.

The County Commission is set to vote Wednesday to designate the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults and the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County as the recipients of the "victims' assistance assessment."

"We believe this could actually be a game-changer for our programs," Partnership CEO Pam Ladd told county commissioners in a recent meeting.

The Partnership offers a rape crisis center, a domestic violence shelter and supervised visitation between noncustodial parents and children involved in domestic abuse situations. The Children's Advocacy Center provides forensic interviews, medical examinations and therapy.

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