Please join us for the Interfaith Initiative Pilot Program (IIPP) Open House on June 3, 2015 from 1pm to 2:30pm. The IIPP provides therapeutic counseling and spiritual support to victims of domestic violence and connects victims to our network of Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, and other spiritual meeting places to ensure continued spiritual support.
470 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Free 2-hour street parking
For more information please contact Will Yancy at: (510) 504-0648
Coordinating Services Can Save Lives!
Monday, September 28, 2015
9am to 4:30pm
The California Endowment Center
111 Broadway, Oakland
Please join us and learn how the Alameda County’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) assists local agencies in identifying and reviewing domestic violence deaths, including homicides and suicides, and facilitates communication among the various agencies involved in domestic violence cases.
Registration information to follow
Las Positas Golf Course, Livermore
All proceeds benefit ACFJC Children’s Programs
The 2014 tournament, last October at Tilden Golf Course in Berkeley, hosted 60 golfers who participated in many fun activities, a wine raffle and a buffet lunch. The highlight of the day was the presentation of a $25,000 scholarship to an ACFJC client.
For more information about the upcoming tournament this October, including sponsorship, please contact Michael Toliver at (510) 217-4728. Online registration information will be available soon.
Recently, a delegation from the Department of Justice - Office of Violence Against Women visited the Alameda County Family Justice Center to acknowledge and commend the considerable inroads the ACFJC has made in coordinating the response to violence against women in our region. The visit was in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and part of a national tour of outstanding facilities making a difference in the lives of women.
The group, led by Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, saw first-hand why the ACFJC is a model for excellence for centers around the nation. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison led the delegation on a tour of the ACFJC facility, introducing our service partners and demonstrating the specific ways in which we serve victims of crime.
L-R: ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison, DA Nancy O'Malley, DOJ-OVW Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, DOJ-OVW Confidential Assistant Carla Bernal, DOJ-OVW Deputy for Policy Rosie Hidalgo.
The ACFJC employs a coordinated response model to address the varying needs of the victim and their family, uniting the various services required such as social services, law enforcement, the DA’s Office and victim advocates. Ms Hanson agreed that a coordinated strategy was the best model for serving victims of crime.
"It's all of us working together in a coordinated response that enables us to make a real difference in the lives of victims. When we talk about these issues, we know this is a problem that's chronic. We know that this is a problem that's been going on for a long time, it affects so many of us and that we can only address it by working together in a coordinated fashion," Ms Hanson said.
DA O’Malley spoke of her involvement in the justice system, starting with her time volunteering at a Rape Crisis Center in the mid-1970s through to the current day as District Attorney.
"I remember what it was like when victims had no voice and had no rights and they were abused in every way, not just from the abusers, but from the system, from law enforcement. There were no advocates that were there to help besides volunteers like myself, “ DA O’Malley said.
“I remember those days and I'm proud to be part of the solution and the change that has brought us to where we are now."
At the meeting, leaders from the DA's Office, ACFJC, DOJ-OVW, and service partners discussed best practices in areas such as prosecution, law enforcement, victim services, cultural competency, language access, prevention, empowerment and public awareness.
The ACFJC is a model of excellence in California and beyond, providing victims with a one-stop location to access legal, health and various support services that aid their safety, recovery and well-being. The Center also offers numerous innovative prevention and empowerment programs for victim-survivors and their families. Find out more about our services here.
In celebration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the DA's Office held numerous community forums at universities, senior centers, places of worship and disability centers around the county. Our staff focused on providing the community with information about the services available to victims of crime in Alameda County.
Representatives from the DA's Office, the ACFJC, as well as victim advocates and claim specialists were present at each of the venues to answer questions and provide information to members of our communities regarding victims' rights and resources.
Proceeds from the Annual 'ONE' Gala help support and expand our programs. Learn more about the Family Justice Center and how you can make a difference in the life of a victim.
The District Attorney's Youth Empowerment Program located at the Family Justice Center was awarded the Children and Youth 2014 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties. This program offers integrated and harmonious services to children who have been exposed to or are victims of family violence.
The combination of a safe and nurturing play space, access to a County Library, onsite tutoring and an opportunity to attend summer camp is an innovative way to ensure children of all ages have the opportunity to thrive.