Essex County Family Justice Center and its partners adhere to the following Guiding Principles as established by the National Family Justice Center Alliance:


  • Safety-Focused: Increase safety, promote healing, and foster empowerment through services for victims and their children

  • Victim-Centered: Provide victim-centered services that promote victim autonomy

  • Culturally Competent: Commitment to the utilization of culturally competent services approaches that are measurable and behavior based

  • Intervene and Prevent: Engage all communities through outreach and community education

  • Survivor-Driven: Shape services to clients by asking them what they need

  • Transformative (willing to change): Evaluate and adjust services by including survivor input and evidence-based best practices

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

  • Prevention-Oriented: Integrate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention approaches into all initiatives, programs, and projects

  • Kind-Hearted: Develop a Family Justice Center community that values, affirms, recognizes and supports staff, volunteers, and clients

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

  • Offender Accountability: Increase offender accountability through evidence based prosecution strategies