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. They 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.
CJCC launched the Statewide Family Justice Center Initiative in May 2020 and is the third state in the nation to launch such a program. After a competitive solicitation closed in September 2020, three communities were awarded a four-year funding opportunity from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support a Family Justice Center Site Coordinator. The position will be responsible for successfully leading the community through a two-year planning process, which will result in the opening of a family justice center in by the third year. Funding for the first year of this initiative runs from November 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021.
The following agencies were selected after a competitive review process:
- Cobb County District Attorney’s Office in Marietta, Georgia
- Crisis Line & Safe House in Macon, Georgia
- Magnolia House in Waycross, Georgia
CJCC’s Statewide Family Justice Center Coordinator, Jenny Aszman, will provide dedicated support and ongoing technical assistance to funded communities throughout their planning and implementation process. CJCC’s Initiative is modeled after the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs, who has successfully opened over a dozen Family Justice Centers in Tennessee under a similar technical assistance and funding structure.
Please contact Jenny Aszman for more information: Jenny.Aszman@cjcc.ga.gov.
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