Serving those impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and domestic abuse.
The first Family Justice Center was created in San Diego, California in 2002 through a partnership between the San Diego City Attorney and the San Diego Police Department. It evolved out of a collaborative relationship between community-based domestic violence agencies and criminal justice professionals. The model has since been identified as a best practice in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention by the U.S. Department of Justice and endorsed by many local and state agencies and elected officials.
Family Justice Centers operate as a “one-stop shop” where victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse can go to one central location to receive needed services.
Forsyth County has begun the process of establishing a Family Justice Center. A future Forsyth County Family Justice Center will address domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse by providing co-located services and support for survivors.
The documented and published outcomes from the Family Justice Center model have included: reduced homicides; increased victim safety; increased autonomy and empowerment for victims; reduced fear and anxiety for victims and their children; increased efficiency and coordination among service providers; and reduced recantation and minimization by victims when wrapped in services and support; increased prosecution of offenders; and dramatically increased community support services to victims and their children.