A Family Justice Center is the co-location of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who work together in one, centralized location to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. While a Family Justice Center may house many partners, the basic partners include:
- Sheriff’s Deputies and police officers
- community-based advocates.
The core concept is to provide Services in a seamless, efficient manner and include advocacy, crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance in obtaining protective orders, shelter referrals, counseling groups, chaplains, pro bono and immigration attorney services, the opportunity to talk with police and prosecutors.
The primary goal of the FJC is to create a comfortable place for families to meet with service providers rather than go from place to place seeking help. There will be a kitchen stocked with snacks and beverages available for victims or children who may be hungry. A children’s room and library provides safe, child-friendly areas for children to play, read, and watch television, do homework, or use a computer while their mothers talk with a counselor confidentially.