Family Justice Center

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The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center Cindra Jones BSHS 311 October 24, 2012 Gerry McFarland The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center (FJC) is a place that services the needs of domestic violence victims and their children by providing comprehensive services in one central safe location. The model here in Tacoma is based off of The National Family Justice Center Alliance that was launched in San Diego, Ca. The San Diego center opened in October, 2002. President George W. Bush announced the creation of the Presidents Family Justice Center Initiative based on the San Diego Family Justice Center model. The $20 million dollar initiative began a movement toward more multi-disciplinary service centers.…show more content…
In 2003, Crystal Judson Brame was shot and killed by her husband David Brame, Tacoma’s chief of police. He shot himself after killing Crystal. This situation was shocking to the community. The reality that a family justice center was needed came from that incident and the fact that domestic abuse does occur between police officers and their partners just like any other domestic relationships. Crystal Judson Brames family are advocates against domestic violence and have tried to help bring awareness to everyone that this really happens. The city of Tacoma and Pierce County provide most of the funding for the FJC. However there are also what is referred to as In Kind donations from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. There are also donations from businesses and individuals and a Federal Grant that helps with funding. The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center is dedicated to the memory of Crystal Judson. Government leaders agreed to name the Justice Center after Crystal. (rights) ARE THERE PLANS FOR OTHER PROGRAMS The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center plans to increase access to mental health services in the future. They are currently working on other programs that will help the community and victims of domestic violence to learn what to look for and what to do to help the situation. WHAT MODEL OR THEORY IS…show more content…
If another language is needed, an interpreter can be reached by phone. Each advocate handles 30 or more clients. There are volunteers that are available to help. There is also a counseling internship program available. I visited the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center and met with Abi McLane victim services supervisor. I had to sign a confidentiality form and attach a visitor pass to my jacket before I could enter beyond the receptionist desk. Abi gave me a tour and explained what goes on in the building. I noticed it was very clean and well organized. Abi is very passionate about her job and she was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this place to anyone that needs help with domestic violence. Reference: Movement, F. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2012, from Family Justice Center Alliance: rights, C. ©.-2. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2012, from Crystal Judson Family Justice Center:

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