The Family Justice Center Sonoma County provides coordinated services and resources for victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Elder Abuse. Co-located partners include Community Based Organizations, Law Enforcement, and Prosecution.
The Family Justice Center of Sonoma County (FJCSC) represents an effective collaboration, using the three prong philosophy of Law Enforcement, Prosecution and Community-Based Organizations, which is expected to achieve significantly increased victim safety and offender accountability outcomes. The partners in the FJCSC came together to look for better ways to serve victims of family violence in response to alarming trends in the rates of violence, and to unify the existing disparate and inefficient approaches to service provision. Mapping exercises undertaken by partners indicated that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sonoma County were going to an average of 23 agencies to obtain needed services. This “agency-centric” service delivery model resulted in extreme frustration for victims and often contributed to their lack of ability to follow through with needed services and participation in offender prosecution.
Trends in Sonoma County indicate that there has been an increase in domestic and sexual violence. Data from the Sonoma County’s District Attorney’s Office indicates that between 2003 and 2007, domestic violence related calls requesting assistance from law enforcement had increased 15% in Sonoma County, while such calls decreased 14% in California overall.
The permanent site for the FJCSC opened in August 2011!