February 8, 2015

Why A Family Justice Center?

Why A Family Justice Center?

The Family Justice Center (the “Center”) is a warm and welcoming one-stop center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. The Center is where families come first. We bring resources to meet the needs of children, youth and families impacted by interpersonal violence, recognizing that family violence greatly impacts children’s healthy development including their emotional, mental and physical health.

When survivors of interpersonal violence seek help, they are often frustrated by a fractured system.  They may have to travel to multiple locations and tell their stories repeatedly.  National estimates show that victims may have to access as many as 32 different agencies for assistance.  These hurdles can discourage their efforts and cause many people to simply stop seeking help. The Center brings public and private partners together under one roof to provide wrap-around services.  For families seeking services, coming to one location is faster, more immediately helpful, and far less expensive than traveling to multiple locations throughout the county. Victims no longer need to tell their story multiple times, papers are filed right away and cases are completed more quickly, with the ultimate result that families can be safer sooner.

 

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