Anaheim Family Justice Center Mission Statement
" Working Together. Making a Difference."
The mission of the AFJC Foundation is to positively impact the families, whose lives have been affected by family violence, and who seek services through the Anaheim Family Justice Center (AFJC). Family violence is defined as domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and elder/adult abuse.
Goals and Objectives
¨ Provide a safe and confidential environment for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual assault to access support and services.
¨ Provide multi-disciplinary teams which consist of detectives, victim advocates, prosecuting attorneys and other social service providers as appropriate. The teams will work together to ensure client safety, help clients to access needed services and provide support for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.
¨ "Vertically prosecute" criminal cases, which allows the victim to deal with a single, prosecutor committed to handing the criminal case from start to finish.
¨ Increase awareness and understanding of domestic violence, child abuse, elder or dependant adult abuse, and sexual assault issues through educational programs conducted by police detectives, victim advocates, and trained volunteers. This training will be offered to members of the community, and "in-house" to personnel who deal with family crimes and sexual assault cases. The programs will focus on prevention of abuse, law enforcement issues, and prosecution of cases.
¨ Prevent and fight domestic abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk children, elder & disabled adults in the City of Anaheim though public awareness programs designed to make the citizens of Anaheim cognizant of the signs of abuse and how to obtain help for the victims.
-Provide empowerment training - Survivors Academy:
We recognize that long-term skills-building is needed to help women, many of whom are mothers of small children, who have escaped domestic violence. In 2009, we piloted our Survivors Academy, an intense, 10-workshop program which empowers women with sustainable skills they need to begin reconstructing their lives and ultimately breaking the cycle of violence. We have graduated one session (16 women) from our Survivors Academy this year and are scaling up our Survivors Academy in 2010.