FJC Europe FJC Europe

European Alliance
for Hope and

There is A BETTER WAY to give extra hope to each victim of domestic violence…
The European Family Justice Center Alliance aims to develop and support local
Family Justice Centers all over Europe that help victims and their children find
all services they need in ONE PLACE: medical professionals, caretakers, counselors,
advocates, prosecutors, police officers and others.


Conference Breaking the Silence

24 June 2019

For the last decade Iceland has been internationally recognized for being one of the most gender equal countries in the world. But does this mean that there are no challenges in Iceland when it comes to full gender equality? Breaking the Silence is a conference on how Icelanders United Against Domestic Violence. The conference will be held on the 29th of August 2019 in Reykjavík (Iceland).
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EFJCA-webinar for the participants of the CEASE-project

16 April 2019

The EFJCA works together with the CEASE-project. On 16th of April, the EFJCA provided a webinar for the participants of the CEASE-project, focussing on the impact of partner violence and domestic violence on the workplace, how to handle it and the multidisciplinary approach.
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EFJCA-team provided training on upcoming GREVIO Assesment for Malta

March 27, 2019

On Wednesday March 27, 2019, the EFJCA team provided a 1-day training in Malta for professionals from organisations which support and/or coordinate Violence Against Women/Domestic Violence/Gender-based violence support services on the GREVIO questionnaire.
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The 19th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference

March 18 – 21, 2019

The EFJCA and the team of the Mutsaersstichting joined in March the 19th International FJC Conference in San Diego, organized by the U.S. Alliance for Hope International and provided on Thursday March 21 their joint workshop "Working with Families and Perpetrators in European Family Justice Centers’".
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He Choked Me and Left no Marks: Recognizing and Preventing Strangulation Webinar

February 28, 2019

The WWP EN, the European Network for Work with Perpetrators organized on 28 February 2019, a 1-hour-webinar on non-fatal strangulation(Facilitators: Bert Groen & Pascale Franck).

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. When domestic violence perpetrators choke (strangle) their victims, not only is this felonious assault, but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control where the batterer can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath: it may have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome. Strangulation is more common in domestic violence cases than previously thought. It can have serious health implications for women and their unborn children and can ultimately lead to their death.

This webinar gave the opportunity for professionals to take part in a unique overview of the most hidden and lethal forms of domestic violence. The webinar will be on line soon.

Conference From Hurt to Hope (Derry/Londonderry, 4 & 5 June 2019)

February 25, 2019

Foyle Family Justice Centre will host a major international conference “From Hurt to Hope” specifically designed for local and international professionals working in all areas of Domestic Violence. The Conference will be held at the Ulster University (Magee Campus) in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 4 and 5 June 2019.

Recognised as a ground breaking model for multidisciplinary agency working to combat domestic, sexual and child abuse, there are already more than 130 Family Justice Centres (FJCs) with a further 100 in development.
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The Annual report of FJC Mechelen

February 20, 2019

In the link you will find the 2018 annual report of the FJC Mechelen. In addition to figures that show the number of dossiers and clients handled, the annual report also describes the activities and activities of the FJC in 2018. This report is currently only available in Dutch, but an English version is being worked on. With thanks to Karolien Boonen, coordinator of the FJC Mechelen.

Meeting of the EAP Platform

February 19, 2019

On 19 February 2019 the EFJCA took part at the 19th Eastern Partnership Platform 1 on "Strengthening Institutions and Good Governance". The EFJCA was invited as keynote speaker and good-practice-advisors of the EAP Platform.

The 19th Eastern Partnership Platform 1 on "Strengthening Institutions and Good Governance" took place in Brussels, gathering policy makers from EU Member States, the 6 Eastern Partnership Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) and EU services, as well as representatives from the Council of Europe, the United Nations, and civil society organisations.
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High level event on ‘Strengthening institutions and Good government’ with a particular focus on domestic violence

February 19, 2019

On Thursday February 19th the EFJCA was invited by the organizing committee to participate and provide a presentation about the FJC model in Brussels at the high level event on ‘Strengthening institutions and Good government’ with a particular focus on domestic violence.

In November 2017 the Eastern Partnership countries (EaP) (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) and the EU decided on a set of targets that should be delivered by 2020 (the document was called the 20 deliverables for 2020). The document includes 20 targets which each have several objectives.
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Delegation of organisations and professionals from Rotterdam and region are visiting the Family Justice Center Antwerp

February 14, 2019

On Thursday February 14th a large delegation of the municipality Rotterdam and organisations working in the region Rotterdam-Rijnmond, involved in developing a multidisciplinary approach of domestic violence and child abuse, visited the Family Justice Center in Antwerp.

The aim of the visit was to learn from the experiences of the FJC Antwerp with a focus on the context and guiding principles of the FJC, the value of on-site services in the center, the added value of a centered model, the approach in Antwerp of high-risk families with domestic violence, the coordinated approach of domestic violence and child abuse in the FJC Antwerp and the international work of the EFJCA.
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The 34th Chadwick's Center Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment

January 30, 2019

The EFJCA and the team of the Mutsaersstichting provided during the 34th Annual conference in San Diego on Wednesday 30 January their joint workshop "THE IMPORTANCE OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY ACE AND POLYVICTIMIZATION’".

During the session the participants were informed how children with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and/or Polyvictimization (repeatedly victimization) can restore the feeling of HOPE in their daily lives.
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High-level conference ‘Ending Violence against Women – Taking Stock and Next Steps’ at the European Commission's Berlaymont building

December 11, 2018

The Family Justice Center framework was recently profiled by Bert Groen and Pascale Franck at the European Commission on Justice and Consumer and Gender Equality in Brussels. This event combined practical lessons learnt from local projects with high-level policy and forward-looking discussions, with the aim of fostering links and collaborations between the different levels of action needed to combat gender-based violence.

During this conference participants had discussions on an equal footing and in an interactive manner how EU institutions, EU Member States, International Organisations, NGOs, private sector and academics can contribute to combatting violence against wome
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Report EFJCA-conference 2018 - 14, 15 and 16 November 2018, Paris

December 11, 2018

The EFJCA, The “Maison des Femmes” – FJC Paris and the Kering Foundation organized together the 2nd International Conference of Family Justice Centers and co-related multidisciplinary centers in Paris. The 120 participants from 15 countries from Europe, USA and Canada participated on a range of activities during three days in November.
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EFJCA participates in the working meeting of the WONCA-conference, Seoel (Korea)

October 19, 2018

The EFJCA participates in the working meeting of "Special Interest Group on Family Violence" of the WONCA-conference, and in the workshop "Collaborating in violence cases across sectors - the effects and benefits" in Seoel, Korea, 17-21th of October.

The WONCA is the global Family and primary health care doctors globally, and hosts this global WONCA-Conference yearly. It's an honor to be part of this conference, and of the Special Interest group with dedicated professionals across the world, focussing on improving the help offered to survivors of violence.

EFJCA participating in 9th Annual FJC Leadership Summit in Milwaukee

September 25-27, 2018

The rapidly developing movement toward multi-agency collaboration, co-located services, mergers of agencies, shared office space models, and Family Justice Centers is getting the attention of non-profit agency leaders and funders across the country. There are currently more than 130 Family Justice Centers and other types of Multi-Agency Centers in the U.S. and hundreds of other agencies working to develop partnerships and models of co-located services.

Internationally, the movement now has strong momentum including the European Family Justice Center Alliance with initiatives in more than 20 countries. Beyond Europe, there are developing and operating Family Justice Centers or similar cross-sector collaborative Centers in another 15 countries. It is happening. It is time. Family Justice Centers are co-locating with Child Advocacy Centers. Non-profits are merging with other non-profits to create more comprehensive responses to trauma-exposed children and adults.

This Summit was about the next step for your agency? How can you continue to shift the dial in your community?

Delegation of the Dutch ministries are visiting the Family Justice Center Antwerp

September 24, 2018

On Wednesday September 19th a large delegation of the Dutch ministries and municipalities visited the Family Justice Center in Antwerp. The aim of the visit was to learn from the experiences of the FJC Antwerp with a focus on the context and guiding principles of the FJC, the value of on-site services in the center, the added value of a centered model, the approach in Antwerp of high-risk families with domestic violence and the coordinated approach of domestic violence and child abuse in the FJC Antwerp. The FJC Antwerp can in Europe be seen as one of the leading centers when it comes to the multidisciplinary approach of gender-based violence according to the FJC principles.

In the Netherlands municipalities join forces with the national government against domestic violence and child abuse. The new action program 'Violence does not belong anywhere at all’ contains many measures to reduce domestic violence and child abuse and to resolve it sustainably. The ambition of the program is to stop violence and make the family situations safe. In order to achieve this, a regional approach to domestic violence and child abuse occurs per region. A national program team helps to translate the ambitions from the program in the region and in the sectors and organizations involved. The intention is that pilots are started in 3 municipalities/regions to develop the objectives of the program

The delegation consists of the members of the national program team, representatives of the Dutch ministries of Safety and Justice, the ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the proposed pilot municipalities. During the 4-hour study visit the staff of FJC Antwerp shared their experiences, challenges and positive results of their FJC approach. The European Family Justice Center Alliance shared the added value of international cooperation in which by sharing lessons learned and international experiences national approaches can benefit and make their programs more effective and sustainable.