Rather than navigating scattered resources and a daunting system, survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse need a safe, unified support system. A way to seek protection, pursue justice and regain well-being, all in one place. Beneath a strong and holistic umbrella of services and support.
A center with wraparound services has long been on the heart and mind of our community. It is a proven national model: public and private human service agencies, legal services, law enforcement and healthcare providers working together for the greatest good. Now we are building one here.
Our center will help individuals and families weather their worst storms and uplift all of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It will be a hopeful and welcoming place that offers support and solutions. Here, survivors will transform their darkest hours into brighter tomorrows.
INTRODUCING THE UMBRELLA CENTER
What is a Family Justice Center?
- A Family Justice Center is a victim-centered, trauma-informed model in which multiple domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, human trafficking and child abuse partners are co-located and work in collaboration with each other so that victims and their children access all of the services that they need in a single place--advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, counselors, representatives of the faith community, healthcare providers, and others all under one roof.
- The first Family Justice Center was founded in San Diego in 2002. Due to its success the model has been replicated over 120 times internationally.
- Documented outcomes of Family Justice Centers include significantly reduced domestic violence-related homicides, increased victim safety, helping to break the cycle of violence for children, increased efficiency in collaborative services to victims among service providers, and increased prosecution of offenders.
- There are a number of Family Justice Centers and co-located service models in North Carolina including in Alamance, Buncombe, and Guilford Counties.
- The Alliance for Hope is the national organization for Family Justice Centers that provides training and technical assistance to communities as they develop their own centers.
- In 2005 Congress added Family Justice Centers into the Federal Violence against Women Act as a specialized purpose area designed to promote collaborative models of service delivery for victims of domestic and sexual abuse further promoting the Family Justice Center model across the United States.