The Family Justice Center model is the co-location of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. Many communities use the name “Family Justice Center” though some communities select a different name to describe their multi-agency service delivery models. Family Justice Centers are specifically defined in federal law and refer to the co-location of staff members from multiple agencies under one roof. While a Family Justice Center may house many partners, the basic partners include police officers, prosecutors, civil legal service providers, and community-based advocates. The core concept is to provide one place where victims can go to talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, interview with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, receive medical assistance, receive information on shelter, and get help with transportation. For more information on what a Family Justice Center is, click here.
There are currently over 80 operating Family Justice Centers or similar models and over 100 communities in some stage of planning for a Family Justice Center or similar co-located, multi-disciplinary approach across the country and around the world. To find a Family Justice Center, click here.
Every agency or community interested in starting a Family Justice Center has a unique model and different needs depending on their individual communities. The Alliance assists in all stages of development with community assessment, strategic planning and implementation, and sustainability and support. For more information on how to start a Family Justice Center, click here.