Friday, May 1, 2015

The San Diego Family Justice Center: Providing Help and Hope to Victims of Family Violence

By the San Diego Family Justice Center

What do cancer and domestic violence have in common? Both are things you don’t want, erode your quality of life and are challenging issues without a single cure-all.

Fortunately, there’s good news. Just as modern cancer centers are staffed with highly trained oncologists and support specialists, a Family Justice Center attacks domestic violence in the same way; by treating the cause, not the symptoms — all in one location.

Founded in 2002, the San Diego Family Justice Center, located at 1122 Broadway, Suite 200 in downtown San Diego, is the first center in the world to co-locate all DV-related services under one roof. With the need to travel to multiple locations eliminated, this model significantly reduces the possibility of someone receiving conflicting advice from different service professionals.

Decorated in an aesthetically pleasing decor, Family Justice Center visitors immediately recognize the safe atmosphere where friendly, professional staff members greet each person and provide a nonjudgmental aura of dignity, respect and hope.

First time visitors meet one on one with a highly trained assessment specialist to get a comprehensive understanding of the services offered and the partnering support they can expect to receive in making a plan to safely exit the DV relationship.

All clients are provided access to DV-related police, legal and social services as well as comprehensive psychological counseling.

This model has produced remarkable success stories. On the walls of the Family Justice Center lobby are large, professionally framed photographs of people the center has helped over the years. They are of different genders, demographics and ages; however, they share a common story. They were people in need of help, and the Family Justice Center saved them from a toxic relationship.

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Since its 2002 founding, the SDFJC has had more than 100,000 contacts with people seeking assistance with DV related issues. Led by the San Diego Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, our onsite psychological service partners include the Center for Hope and Strength, Rady’s Chadwick Center and the San Diego Center for Counseling. For social services, we rely on Dress for Success San Diego, San Diego County Health and Human Services and Neighborhood House Association. Onsite legal partners include the law offices of Cesar Luna (immigration), the Center for Community Solutions (divorce & custody), the San Diego City Attorney and San Diego County District Attorney (prosecutions) and the San Diego Family Justice Center Foundation (safety assessments & restraining orders). For the men and women who serve in our armed forces, Fleet and Family Services contracts with the United States government to provide expertise to military related DV cases.