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The ACFJC Celebrates a Decade Serving Victims

On June 30, 2015, the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) celebrated ten years helping victims of crime in Alameda County by hosting an Open House for the community. Hundreds of people came out in support of the positive role the Center has played in our community and they enjoyed a BBQ lunch and guided tours of the facilities.

The founder of the ACFJC, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, spoke of the inspiration behind establishing the center. “Back in 2003, I performed a needs assessment of the services available to, for example, a female victim of domestic violence with two children in Alameda County. I found that she would potentially need to visit over 25 different sites to access all the services that she required for herself and her family,” DA O’Malley said.

“This status quo was further victimizing these victims. So I decided to change this by establishing a center that housed an abundance of allied health, legal, psychological and other support services in one, easily accessed location. And in 2005, the Alameda County Family Justice Center became a reality, making it much easier for victims of crime to seek the help they need,” said DA O’Malley.

L - R: Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, BAWAR Executive Director Marcia Blackstock, and Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi.

Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center Cherri Allison also took the opportunity to acknowledge the milestone by thanking the partners who had also worked so hard to make the ACFJC a success. “We have over 80 partners affiliated with the ACFJC, and each of these organizations has helped the ACFJC serve victims of crime in Alameda County. But our work is not done, so we turn our focus to continuing to serve victims for decades to come.

“In our first year of operation, the ACFJC served 3,000 clients. This past year, we served 20,000 clients. That’s an incredible improvement and we look forward to continuing to serving our clients and improving our programs to empower them to create brighter and safer futures,” Allison said.

For the past decade, the Alameda County Family Justice Center is proud to have served thousands of crime victims and has helped these families create brighter and safer futures. The ACFJC serves as a national model and training center, guiding other centers around the US through the coordinated response model as well as best practices. Recently, the ACFJC was also selected as one of only 20 programs in the nation for their excellence in support of the Violence Against Women Act.