Family Justice Centers in Europe

Movisie is leading an EU project (Daphne III) aiming to develop and establish five Family Justice Centers (FJC) in five European countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland and Belgium. The main aim is to better serve victims of violence by means of a demand driven approach. These five Centers are pilots and will provide all the necessary information for future development of more FJCs in Europe.
The concept of Family Justice Centers (FJC) has been used in the US since 2002 with great success. The final objective of a FJC is a wraparound model where victims of domestic violence have access to a wide range of needed services, all located in one building. In this so-called ‘one-stop shop’ centre victims of violence do not have to go to different locations for help and support.

The main project objectives are:
- to develop a coherent approach of family-violence against women, which effectivily helps to stop the violence, prevents repeated victimisation, reduces domestic violence homicides and heals the family-life,
- by creating a network of Family Justice Centres in Europe, working with the one-stop-shop formula on a client-centered base, meeting the needs of victims of violence within families,and their children and holding perpetrators accountable.

More information

Name organization: Movisie
Name contact person (at Movisie): Bert Groen
Project Partners:
Mutsaersstichting, Support Center Domestic Violence Midden-Brabant, The Netherlands
Stichting Kompaan en De Bocht (SHG), The Netherlands
Association Beata Gianna Beretta Molla (GBM), Italy
Women's Rights Center (FCPK), Poland
Province of Antwerp, Welfare, Economy and Rural Policy Department, Welfare and Health Service (DWGP), Belgium
Berlin Initiative against Violence towards Women (BIG), Germany
City of Rotterdam, The Centre for Social Policy Studies and International Affairs (CSPS&IA), The Netherlands
Funding organization: EU - Daphne III
Project period:  2013 – 2015