Combining Services in One Location
A Family Justice Center (FJC), which is defined in federal law, is the co-location a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. Each FJC, including the San Marcos â€“ Hays County FJC, has basic partners: police officers, prosecutors, civil legal service providers, and community-based advocates. The core concept is to provide a place where victims can go talk to advocate, plan for their safety, interview with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, receive medical assistance and information on shelter, and get help with basic services such as food and transportation. Services must be provided in one location to effective. This safe place also ensures victims will not meet their batterer, as can happen in courtrooms, police departments or other social service agencies. Family Justice Centers are for victims only.
IN ADDITION to these services for victims of domestic violence, the San Marcos â€“ Hays County FJC will also serve victims of violent crimes. These victims may need some of the same services to include access toÂ victim services and a plan to rebuild their sense of safety.Â Victims may also talk with an advocate.
To provide victims of domestic and violent crimes multiple community and government services at one location with priority to provide a safe place where no offenders or batterers are allowed.