Solano Family Justice Center Announces Staff Relocation & Upcoming Grand Opening
Beginning in 2009, the Office of Family Violence Prevention facilitated, with the assistance of the Glen Price Group, Strategic Implementation Planning for a Solano Family Justice Center (SFJC). The Planning involved representatives of multiple agencies from the County of Solano, State legislators' offices, faith and community-based agencies and domestic violence shelters. On February 2, 2011, the Solano Family Justice Center began providing services under a co-located service delivery model. On April 1, 2013, the Solano Family Justice Center began providing services at a county-owned building located at 604 Empire Street in Fairfield. Please click on the below link to a recent press article about the SFJC Relocation and Grand Opening.
Solano County Opens Family Justice Center
For additional information about services available at the new SFJC site, please access the updated brochure below.
SOLANO FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER BROCHURE
Solano Family Justice Center VOICES Committee Forming Soon
Updated January 2013: for information about VOICES, please click on the hyperlink below
Solano Family Justice Center VOICES
Solano County Receives Funding to Fight Family Violence
October 3, 2012
Solano County's Office of Family Violence Prevention has been awarded a $300,000 grant to support staffing of the Solano Family Justice Center.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women continues federal funding to support the Solano Family Justice Center project. In 2010, the county received $900,000 to establish a family justice center and operate associated programs.
"This funding is critical to our ability to continue to provide comprehensive services to victims, survivors and their families," said Carolyn Wold of the Office of Family Violence Prevention.
Funding from this grant will support services provided by confidential domestic violence advocates from LIFT3 Support Group and Domestic Violence Shelter, a primary partner at the Solano Family Justice Center. Additionally, this funding will support the coordination of services at the Family Justice Center including access to much-needed services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and elder abuse.
In February 2011, the Solano Family Justice Center began operating under the auspices of the Solano County District Attorney and is located on the fourth floor of the County Administration Center, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield.
The Solano Family Justice Center provides the following on-site services:
- Confidential and non-confidential victim advocacy
- Court accompaniment
- Victim empowerment assistance
- Emergency services referral
- Victim/Witness assistance
- Resource referrals
- Access to domestic violence crisis shelter, domestic violence transitional shelter and counseling
"The Family Justice Center offers victims of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual assault an opportunity to build hope and new futures," said Lisa Chavez, SFJC coordinator.
People in need of direct services as a result of domestic and/or family violence, can call speak to a social worker at 784-7683 or 784-6829 or go to www.solanocounty.com/stoptheviolence. Appointments are encouraged, but drop-ins are welcomed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Solano Family Justice Center Hosts Recent Events
In early July the OFVP/SFJC Division of the District Attorney’s Office was chosen by the Sexual Assault Task Force of Oregon (SATF) as a National Law Enforcement Training and Capacity Building Project partner and host for their Sexual Assault Training Institute. 25 Northern California Law Enforcement Officers participated in the 2-day training on Non-stranger Sexual Assault Response and Investigation. As a result, representatives from local law enforcement agencies are now qualified to partner with the SFJC on future trainings of this important curriculum. The seminar, held at the Solano County Events Center, was funded through a grant awarded to the SATF by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. SFJC staff would like to thank all local law enforcement agencies who were able to take advantage of this nationally-sponsored training opportunity.
In May, the Solano Family Justice Center sponsored another community-wide training and hosted a forum for SFJC collaborative partners and key community stakeholders. To view photos and learn more about these recent events, please click on the below hyperlink for additional information.
Summary and Photos From May 9th 2012 Events
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Releases New Report (OJJDP)
National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence
--Sherry Hamby, David Finkelhor, Heather Turner, and Richard Ormrod
To view the entire OJJDP October 2011 Bulletin and learn more about the Attorney General's "Defending Childhood: Protect Heal Thrive" campaign, please click on the link below.
National Survey on Childrens Exposure to Violence
California Leadership Group Releases 2010 Report
The Office of Family Violence Prevention’s Family Violence Prevention Officer serves as a member of the California Leadership Group on Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment. On January 19, 2011, the Leadership Group released its first comprehensive report to address the state’s abused parents and children. The Leadership Group also serves as the work group on domestic violence for the State Interagency Team on Children and Families (SIT), which endorsed the report.
Domestic violence continues to plague the state – according to the California Women’s Health Survey, more than 22 percent of women have experienced physical or sexual assault, and more than 18 percent reported witnessing violence against their mothers when they were children. But domestic violence does not just affect the victim; of those experiencing domestic violence, more than 75% had children under age 18 living at home. Extrapolating from national estimates, approximately 1,240,000 of California’s children may be exposed to domestic violence in two-parent families, more than half a million in families where the violence is considered severe. This violence can have a lasting impact. To view the complete report, please click on the link below:
2010 Report on Domestic Violence and Child Safety & Wellbeing