Family Justice Center Initiative
Family Justice Centers are multi-agency, multi-disciplinary, co-located centers that provide services to victims of interpersonal violence including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, and may also address elder or dependent adult abuse, and human trafficking. The Family Justice Center model is identified as a best practice in domestic violence intervention and prevention services. Its documented and published outcomes include reduced homicides, increased victim safety, increased autonomy and empowerment for victims, reduced fear and anxiety for victims and their children, and reduced recantation and minimization by victims when they receive this level of support. For more information on Family Justice Centers, please visit www.familyjusticecenter.org or watch What is a Family Justice Center? by the FJC Alliance.
On May 20, 2020, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) released a request for applications for awards to assist communities in the establishment and/or enhancement of a local Family Justice Center. These awards will increase victims’ safety and improve the likelihood of successful navigation of the criminal and civil justice processes by providing access to a multi-disciplinary public and private team of professionals who work together to provide coordinated services in a co-located space. Funding awarded will cover, at a minimum, personnel costs for a Family Justice Center Site Coordinator, supplies, and travel to attend the International Family Justice Center conference and to tour established Family Justice Centers. CJCC will provide technical assistance to funded communities to coordinate activities involved in creating and/or enhancing a Family Justice Center over a four-year funding cycle.
Applicants will apply for funding under the following two tiers. Priority will be given to Tier 1 applicants.
Tier 1: Establishing a Family Justice Center
Tier 2: Enhancing Family Justice Center Services
Solicitation release: May 20, 2020
Solicitation deadline: August 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm
First grant cycle: October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021