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Our Mission

The mission of Essex County Family Justice Center is to enhance the safety and autonomy of domestic violence victims and their children by providing accessible and coordinated service in one location.

The Family Justice Center Model reduces the barriers and fragmentation of conventional domestic violence services by co-locating professionals from government and non-governmental agencies, including social services, civil legal, law enforcement and other providers at on site. 

Who We Are

Our Guiding Principles

Increase safety, promote healing, and foster empowerment through services for victims and their children

Safety-Focused

Provide victim-centered services that promote victim autonomy

Victim-Centered

Commitment to the utilization
of culturally competent services approaches that are measurable and behavior based

Culturally Competent

Engage all communities through outreach and community education

Intervene and Prevent

Shape services to clients by asking them what they need

Survivor-Driven

Evaluate and adjust services by including survivor input and evidence-based best practices

Transformative (willing to change)

Maintain close working relationships among all collaborators/agencies (law enforcement, prosecution, community- based domestic violence programs, shelters and other social services)

Relationship-Based

Integrate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention approaches into all initiatives, programs, and projects

Prevention-Oriented

Develop a Family Justice Center community that values, affirms, recognizes and supports staff, volunteers, and clients

Kind-Hearted

Offer survivors a place to belong  after crisis intervention services are no longer necessary

Empowered

Increase offender accountability through evidence-based prosecution strategies

Offender Accountability

What We Offer

Crisis

Intervention

We will offer resources in order to navigate critical situations involving intense emotional strain. This will be tailored to your immediate needs.

Assistance from

Law Enforcement Professionals

A Detective can help you report a crime, check on the status of a report, and help you take steps to stay safe.

Counseling

Therapists are available to meet one-on-one or you can join one of our support groups. Available in English and Spanish.

Self-Sufficiency

Advocates can help provide information and referrals for housing help, job training, and employment assistance to help you make the best choices for your life.

Civil, Legal, and Immigration Assistance

Civil legal professionals can speak with you about legal issues such as restraining orders, custody, visitation, and child support. Referrals for assistance with immigration and other related civil legal matters can also be made. 

Health and Wellness

Staff can help you to identify physical and mental health concerns for you and your children, connect you with healthcare providers, and help connect you to health insurance options. 

Enhanced

Safety Planning

You can meet with a domestic violence advocate to discuss how to stay safe and learn what services the FJC offers.

Assistance 

from Prosecution Professionals

Staff from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office can explain and navigate your criminal justice options and speak with you about open criminal complaints.

Enhanced

Safety Planning

You can meet with a domestic violence advocate to discuss how to stay safe and learn what services the FJC offers.

Assistance from

Law Enforcement Professionals

A Detective can help you report a crime, check on the status of a report, and help you take steps to stay safe.

Self-Sufficiency

Advocates can help provide information and referrals for housing help, job training, and employment assistance to help you make the best choices for your life.

Health and Wellness

Staff can help you to identify physical and mental health concerns for you and your children, connect you with healthcare providers, and help connect you to health insurance options. 

If you are looking for any of these services, call us or chat below.

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Hours

If you are in danger call 911 or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233   TTY 1-800-787-3224

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE  BY PHONE AND CHAT ONLY.

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