RICHMOND -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to headline an event Friday hailing the start of construction on the expanded West Contra Costa Family Justice Center, a resource center for victims of domestic violence and their families.

Newsom will be joined by Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and other local and state elected officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the 7,200-square-foot facility located at 256 24th St., near the corner of Macdonald Avenue.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

The expanded facility will serve victims of domestic violence by housing more service providers in one, centrally located facility.

Magnus has long advocated for an expanded center at the property, which Contra Costa County donated to the city this year, and has said holistic approaches emphasizing domestic violence victim services could help drive down crime in the city.

"To sustain this project, we need private funders to pair with the public resources," Magnus said. "This is important."

Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726 or rrogers@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/SFBaynewsrogers



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