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The Family Justice Center Guiding Principles, developed by the Alliance Advisory Board, are the fundamental values that should direct the vision, service delivery, and environment of a Family Justice Center.
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 even after crisis intervention services are no longer necessary
Offender Accountability: Increase offender accountability through evidence based prosecution strategies
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