What is a Family Justice Center?

The co-location of a multi-disciplinary team who work, under one roof, to provide comprehensive, Coordinated services to victims of domestic violence, elder and child abuse.

Listening to our survivors

The average number of places a victim has to go to receive services is32

The Family Justice Center is a point of access to:

  • Services
  • Training
  • Partnership
  • Shared resources
  • Problem solving

The FJC does NOT:

  • Replace existing programs
  • Pay partners off
  • Create new programs


ONE STOP SHOP FOR VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE

Core services

  • Confidential Advocacy
  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecution

Other Services

  • Civil legal aid
  • Counseling
  • Victim compensation
  • Spiritual Services
  • Social Services (food, housing, childcare, etc.)
  • Other services survivors tell us they need

Why do we need it?

  • The FJC model has been identified by the Government as a best practice In the field of domestic violence prevention and intervention
  • Alarming rate of DV each year, experts say only 25% is reported
  • The current criminal and civil justice system make it difficult for victims to seek help
  • Victims travel from location to location for services scattered through the state/county
  • They have to tell their stories over and over again to officials representing these agencies.

Benefits of the JFC

  • Reduced homicides (by 95% for victims who sought services)
  • Increased victim safety
  • Increased autonomy and empowerment for victims
  • Reduced fear and anxiety for victims and their children
  • Reduces recantation and going back to the abuse