Who do we serve?
Essex County Family Justice Center continues to serve Essex County’s most vulnerable populations. While anyone in need can receive services, 91% of clients are female and most are African American (53%) or Hispanic (35%). Approximately three-fourths of all clients live in Newark, East Orange, Orange, and Irvington.
In addition to the abuse they are experiencing, 82% of clients report making less than $20,000 annually, 76% have at least on child under the age of 18, and 21% do not have a high school diploma or GED. The lack of financial resources for food, shelter, and other essentials is a major challenge faced by clients when attempting to leave their abusive relationship.
What do we accomplish?
The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women has identified the Family Justice Center Model as a best-practice in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention. Published outcomes on the model have included: reduced homicides; increased victim safety; increased autonomy and empowerment for victims; reduced fear and anxiety for victims and their children; reduced recantation and minimization by victims when wrapped in services and support; and increased prosecution of offenders.
The Essex County Family Justice Center regularly solicits feedback from clients through exit surveys and quarterly focus groups. These results are used to understand where services are being effective and where they can use improvement.
A sample of comments received on exit surveys include:
“This is the safest place to feel everything – the pain, shame, fear and healing”
“The availability of resources lets you know that you are not alone”
“I feel safer as a result of the services offered”
“The FJC changed my life”
“I appreciate the help and information provided; these services were not explained elsewhere."