What is the Family Justice Center?
The Sweetwater County Family Justice Center is a one-stop help center designed specifically and only to help victims of all forms of family violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual assault, child abuse, stalking and elder abuse. The Center brings together multiple agencies, providing efficient advocacy, law enforcement and social services to achieve complete wrap-around support for families. Your safety is our first priority. Our goal is to keep you and your family safe, and to empower you by providing all necessary services in one safe and friendly location. Click here to see available services.
To end family violence and heal our community.
To lead our community in healing itself from the effects of family violence by establishing an environment where committed professionals work collaboratively using leading edge approaches, technology and techniques to provide integrated, comprehensive services to people where and when they need help.
The Sweetwater County Family Justice Center believes:
- Mutual respect provides an environment of integrity and trust where innovation and honest communication flourish.
- Our commitment to victim-focused and survivor-driven service is essential to healing.
- In providing a safe environment where people make informed choices from comprehensive options.
- That patience, perseverance and shared accountability fuel our collaboration.
Who Is Eligible?
Anyone who is experiencing or has experienced sexual or family violence is eligible to receive services at the Center. Concerned families and friends are also encouraged to contact the Center.
With the exception of professional counseling, there are no fees for services at the Family Justice Center.
History of the Center in Sweetwater County
The FJC vision began in 2007 when County Attorney Brett Johnson reconvened the Sweetwater County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Council. Since that time, leaders in the movement against family violence have been meeting, improving processes, planning and seeking funding for the Center.
In June 2010, the YWCA of Sweetwater County received a substantial grant from the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Division of Victim Services, to pilot and develop the first Family Justice Center in the State of Wyoming.
The Sweetwater Family Justice Center is now open because of the continuing efforts of a dedicated team of individuals representing various entities. These entities include: The Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office, the Department of Family Services; the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office; the YWCA of Sweetwater County; Rock Springs Police Department; Green River Police Department; Wyoming Workforce Services; Child Support Services of Wyoming; Wyoming Attorney General Division of Victim Services, and Southwest Counseling Service.
The Sweetwater County Family Justice Center provides co-located services to victims of all forms of family violence. What this means for Sweetwater County is a more centralized, coherent means of service provision to victims, leading to a safer and more just community.
History of Family Justice Centers in the United States
The Family Justice Center movement grew from needs of victims of domestic violence and their children. In 1989, Deputy San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn submitted a proposal to the District Attorney that outlined a one stop help center where victims of domestic violence could receive all the services they needed in one location. After years of planning the concept, the San Diego Family Justice Center was launched in 2002. The new Center incorporated over 20 agencies and 100 professionals from the domestic violence field in one location to help assist victims and their families more safely and effectively. Moved by the success of the San Diego Center, President George Bush called for a National Family Justice Center Initiative in 2003. With the support of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women, the San Diego team helped create 15 new centers throughout the country. There are now over 70 operating Centers in the United States and several in foreign countries. To learn more, visit www.familyjusticecenter.com.
The Sweetwater County Family Justice Center is funded in part by a grant from the Wyoming Attorney General, Division of Victim Services. We are also a United Way Community Partner, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community, or social affiliations.