||The Family Justice Center Alliance was launched by the founders of the San Diego Family Justice Center after the development of the President's Family Justice Center Initiative in 2004. At the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, the San Diego Family Justice Center team was asked to develop a technical assistance program to support new and developing Centers across the country. The Alliance has been expanding and broadening its services since its inception in response to the increasing demand for technical assistance (consulting, training, planning, and support services) from existing and developing Family Justice Centers in the United States and around the world. The Alliance serves as the clearinghouse, research center, and national membership organization for all Family Justice Centers and similar multi-agency, multi-disciplinary service delivery models serving victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse and oppression.
The Alliance serves as the comprehensive technical assistance and training provider for the United States Department of Justice for federally funded Centers. The Alliance also works with Centers outside the federal initiative in the U.S. and abroad. There are currently more than 80 operational Centers in the United States with ten international Centers (Canada, Mexico, England, Jordan, and Sweden). There are over 140 Centers currently developing in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central America. The Alliance is currently partnered with the Mexican government, Management Systems International, and USAID to help open more than twenty Women's Justice Centers in Mexico.
The Alliance hosts an annual international conference, provides shared learning opportunities such as staff exchange programs, internships, web-based education programs, and training in many areas related to family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. At present, the Alliance has over 11,000 members and over 10,000 attendees per year in its online training courses. Over 60,000 unique users per year access the Alliance's online resources.
The Alliance is the coordinator of the current California Family Justice Initiative, funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, which has helped start ten new Family Justice Centers in California in the last three years. The $2 million Blue Shield of California Foundation California Family Justice Initiative is funding development of a statewide network of Centers made up of core criminal justice system professionals and a host of community-based non-profit and government agencies. Today, the Alliance is assisting with the start up of fifteen additional Centers in California.
The Alliance leads the National Strangulation Training Institute for the U.S. Department of Justice and provides specialized training and resources for professionals across all spectrums in the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases. The Institute provides a host of online resources, operates annual Train the Trainer and Developing Expert Courses, and provides specialized conferences and training across the United States.
The Alliance also staffs the FJC Legal Network, the Client Services Program, Camp HOPE, and the Teen Relationship Violence Program in the San Diego Family Justice Center. The FJC Legal Network, founded in 2009, is housed at the San Diego Family Justice Center and provides civil legal assistance to domestic violence victims. The Client Services Program manages client screenings, intakes, and delivery of services to victims and their children. Camp HOPE is a specialized camping and mentoring initiative for children exposed to domestic violence, physically and sexually abused children, and at-risk youth.
Our vision is to create a future where: ALL the needs of victims are met; children are protected; Batterers are held accountable; Violence fades; Economic justice increases; Families heal and thrive; Hope is realized; and we ALL work together.
Our mission is to create a network of national and international Family Justice Centers and similar co-located service models with close working relationships, shared training and technical assistance, collaborative learning processes, coordinated funding assistance, and transformational leadership.