The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) is exploring the feasibility of a family justice center model in Delaware.
The Family Justice Center (FJC) model creates a collaborative family-friendly, victim-centered, trauma-informed, hope-centered environment in which a multi-disciplinary team of professionals works together in one, centralized location to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence.
A Family Justice Center provides one place for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse to receive the life-saving services currently available in their community from both non-profit and governmental agencies. The FJC model creates a collaborative family-friendly, victim-centered, trauma-informed, hope-centered environment in which a multi-disciplinary team of professionals works together in one, centralized location to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. These Centers co-locate, coordinate, and integrate services so that victims and their children travel to fewer places and tell their stories fewer times. The framework brings the services together for victims and their children, allowing them to go to one place for all their services and creating a community for survivors long after the crisis is over.
The Family Justice Center model is identified as a best practice in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention services by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER STEERING COMMITTEE
In September of 2021, the DVCC established the Family Justice Center Steering Committee to explore the feasibility, impacts, and the steps needed to establish one, or more, Family Justice Centers to support victims of interpersonal violence. We have contracted the Family Justice Center Alliance (Alliance), a program of the Alliance for HOPE International, for their expertise, consultation, and technical assistance to guide us.
The DVCC was awarded funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support this strategic planning initiative.
STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS
We are planning for the a strategic planning event to be held in the fall of 2022.
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