BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY

The documented outcomes of the Family Justice Center model have included: reduced homicides; increased victim safety; increased autonomy and empowerment for victims; reduced fear and anxiety for victims and their children; and reduced recantation and minimization by victims when wrapped in services and support.

Homicide Reduction: Nearly one in three Oregon homicides in 2010 was a result of domestic abuse. Family Justice Centers have been shown to significantly reduce domestic abuse homicides, providing a clear way of escape from the morass of abuse that can result in life-threatening violence.

Trauma-Informed: Victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault no longer have to go from agency to agency repeatedly telling their story. A Safe Place offers complete services in one place. Victims are less likely to give up in fear and frustration when they are supported in these various ways.

Prevention: Studies show that access to advocacy-based services leads to a 60-70 percent reduction in incidence and severity of re-assault during the 3- to 12-month follow-up period.

Child Welfare: Safety from domestic violence could reduce one-third of child welfare cases in Oregon ac-cording to leading risk factors for child abuse victims.

Cost Savings: Co-locating services reduces overhead and administrative costs for public agencies while also saving recipients’ transportation costs. Public funds are also saved when domestic violence homicides are pre-vented through comprehensive intervention.