FJC Europe FJC Europe

European Alliance
for Hope and
Empowerment

We are the European Network of multidisciplinary approach
of genderbased, domestic violence and child abuse and
Family Justice Centers

How to start a FJC

Across the world community leaders, advocates, law-enforcement agencies, service providers, shelters, and concerned community leaders are exploring the possibility of starting a Family Justice Center in their own community.

Today, there are over 80 operating Family Justice Centers or similar models and over 100 communities in some stage of planning for a Family Justice Center or similar co-located, multi-disciplinary approach across the country and around the world. Family Justice Centers have developed through a variety of funding sources, both private and public. Each model is different and has unique characteristics depending on the needs of a local community.

There are 3 essential phases to start and sustain a healthy Family Justice Center:

Phase I – History and Fundamentals
Learn more about the history of the Family Justice Center movement and understand the fundamental principles involved in developing and operating a Center.

Phase II – Orientation Process
Go through an Orientation Process to get ready to start a Family Justice Center by providing key information and resources related to development and operation.

Phase III – Assessment, Implementation, and Support
Involves three components:

  1. Community Assessment: assess a community's readiness for creating a Family Justice Center.
  2. Strategic Planning and Implementation: create a strategic plan and steps for implementing that plan.
  3. Sustainability and Support: occurs after the Center has opened and includes sustainability and support services to maintain a successful, healthy Center.

The EFJCA supports in the start, development and maintenance of a FJC. For support, contact the EFJCA by mail