About a dozen counties throughout California operate "Family
Justice Centers" or FJCs for victims of child abuse, domestic
violence and elder abuse…but Sacramento County isn't one of them.
District Attorney Jan Scully wants to change that.
"It provides a system of support that they would not
Scully says the FJC concept brings various agencies together
under one roof. A victim would be able to report a crime and then
learn how to get a temporary restraining order, find safe housing
and get job training.
"So a Family Justice Center really focuses not as much on
the investigation, arrest or prosecution but really the needs of
the victim and family."
Ultimately she says it's about keeping victims from falling
back into the hands of their abusers. Scully says nearly 3,000
domestic violence cases were filed and prosecuted in Sacramento
County this past year.
The workshop is being held at the Liberty Towers Church on
Elkhorn Boulevard in the Foothill Farms area - on Monday: from 8:30
AM to 4 PM...and on Tuesday: from 8:30 AM to 3 PM.