For the last three years, the FJCSC has been a part of a federal demonstration initiative to measure “polyvictimization” in our clients. Polyvictimization is the cumulative impact of multiple types of victimizations and adverse experiences over the course of one’s life. We were shocked to learn that 91% of our clients reported experiencing polyvictimization and the accompanying effects. See the attached short report to read more about what we learned, the prevalence of victimizations and symptomology, and the exciting holistic changes made to service delivery.
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As part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (4/21-4/27/2013), Verity and the District Attorney’s Office joined together to “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” from the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers to the Family Justice Center Sonoma County where a gathering followed. Red Shoes were worn to symbolize solidarity with victims and survivors of crime, sexual violence and human trafficking.
Executive Directors of Family Justice Centers throughout California visited our Center on March 5 to continue the learning exchange component of the California Family Justice Initiative. As a group we discussed each Center’s challenges and accomplishments, and shared best practices to assist all of us as we strive to serve victims of family violence. (Read More… )
Family Justice Center executive director Gloria Eurotas and YWCA chief executive officer Madeleine Keegan O’Connell participated in an event highlighting domestic violence hosted at Shomrei Torah on Saturday evening, February 9. (Read More… )
Members of the Elder Protection and Outreach Program, led by the Family Justice Center and District Attorney’s Office, gave a presentation on elder abuse prevention and frauds/scams at the Oakmont Saddle Club on January 18. This outreach event was hosted by First Community Bank for 40 of its bank customers.
When Sebastopol resident Bonnie Van Anda attended the Grand Opening of the Family Justice Center Sonoma County (FJCSC), she decided that she wanted to do something for families in crisis who come to the Center for help. So, began the story of how the local 4-H community created and donated 100 blankets for family violence survivors who visit the FJCSC for services. (Read More… )