THE FAMILY PEACE CENTER MODEL:
The current process for helping victims of domestic violence can be confusing, complex, and difficult to access.
Inefficiencies strain limited public and private resources and often force victims to recount their painful experiences to multiple providers. Women must find transportation to as many as 20 different offices to obtain orders of protection from their abuser and replace vital documents such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and school records, so they can begin a new life, free from domestic violence.
The nationally recognized and proven Family Peace Center model enables us to transform our community’s response to family violence. Ultimately, this helps make Little Rock and its surrounding communities a healthier, safer, and more peaceful place to live.
In 2002, Casey Gwinn, president of Alliance for HOPE International, began the Family Justice Centers. The organization supports developing and operating a Family Justice or Peace Center, a multi-agency model where victims and their children can come to ONE SAFE PLACE for all their resources. This is in lieu of having to go from agency to agency, telling their story over and over in order to find safety, healing, and hope. To learn more about the history of The Alliance for Hope click here.
The Alliance for Hope created a model that calls for efficient and effective co-located multidisciplinary services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children. The Family Justice Center has been recognized as a best practice model by the US Department of Justice.
The key to its success is the co-location of multi-disciplinary professionals focused on advocating for victims’ safety and quality of life. This surrounds the victim with the support and resources they need at a critical time.
At our new Family Peace Center in Little Rock, victims of family violence will come to one location and be able to tell their story just one time. There they will meet with a counselor in order to start their process to get a restraining order and plan for their safety. They will meet with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, and receive information on emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support. The entire process leads to education services.job training, and independence.
Family Peace Center Resources:
New Orleans Family Justice Center
The Alliance for HOPE
Women & Children First