Victims of domestic violence often feel trapped, lacking the financial resources and self-esteem to free themselves and their children. Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) was began in 2006 “to provide light and hope to victims of traumatic domestic violence and neglect.” Their work provides free legal representation and ongoing support to mothers and children and leads victims of abuse out of fear, abuse, and violence and into safe, nurturing, and productive new lives.
Beyond feeling trapped, domestic violence victims also may believe that abuse is normal and deserved and therefore have trouble finding a way out of their situation. MJM provides a path toward freedom from abuse by accessing the power of the courts to help victims establish new lives that are safe and free from violence.
With MJM’s free legal representation, concerned family members or friends can find a way to protect and nurture children who have been living in a threatening environment. In addition to this legal protection, MJM offers services to help our clients find ways to meet their social, emotional, spiritual, and financial needs as they start on a new journey toward a life free of violence, abuse, and fear.
|Rev. Brooks Harrington and the MJM team.|
MJM is the only pro bono legal organization in Tarrant County that will accept these sometimes-complicated cases that nearly always require a tremendous amount of time researching and securing documentation to present in court, along with providing counseling and financial assistance for ensuring a successful transition into a safe and nurturing home environment.
Rev. Brooks Harrington serves as the Legal Director of MJM – a position he’s held for more than 15 years. Brooks, who spent five years as a prosecutor of street crimes in Washington, D.C., including a year on the street in a special criminal investigative unit, also served as the pastor of Diamond Hill UMC in Fort Worth (an inner-city impoverish area and congregation) for five years.
To learn much more, visit methodistjusticeministry.org and read Bishop Lowry’s “Let the Children Come” blog post (May 6).