About Family Justice Centers
The European Family Justice Center Alliance (EFJCA) is the officially recognized network of the Family Justice Centers in Europe. The Alliance has a close cooperation with the U.S. Alliance for HOPE International, which is the founder of the Family Justice Center model, and has virtually the same core principles. The cooperation between the two Alliances is defined in a Memorandum of Understanding, signed in September 2016.
The mission of the European Family Justice Center Alliance is to create pathways to hope for women, children, and men who are victims of domestic violence and related sexual assault through collaborative, integrated multi-disciplinary centers, teams, and initiatives in order to break the generational cycle of violence and abuse in families across Europe and around the world.
The vision of the EFJCA is a future where all professionals work together to ensure safety and a better life for survivors of domestic violence and their families, all the needs of victims are met, children are protected and perpetrators are held accountable.
In 2013 and 2014 under the supervision of the Dutch organization MOVISIE (Utrecht) and largely financed by the European commission a consortium of European partners has introduced in Europe a new concept in the approach of domestic violence. In 6 municipalities, spread over 5 countries new pilot formats has been successfully set up under the name of Family Justice Centers (FJC). The participants were:
- Mutsaersstichting ] (The Netherlands, Venlo)
- Veilig Thuis Midden-Brabant (the Netherlands, Tilburg)
- Foundation G.B. Guzzetti (Italy, Milan)
- Berlin Initiative Against Violence towards Women (Germany, Berlin)
- Women’s Right Center (Poland, Warsaw)
- Province of Antwerp Welfare and Health Service and City of Antwerp (Belgium, Antwerp)
During the project Foyle Women’s Aid from Derry, Northern Ireland joined the project. This organization was also running a Family Justice Center model in Derry. In January 2015 the project ended and for further development and spread of the successful concept all participants joined in a partnership. This partnership is organized in the Netherlands under the legal entity of the Foundation ‘European Family Justice Center Alliance’ (EFJCA).