From the San Diego Family Justice Center (SDFJC) comes the story of the creation of the most comprehensive "one stop shop" in the nation, for victims of family violence and their children. Now, victims can come to one location to talk to an advocate, get a restraining order, plan for their safety, talk to a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, receive medical assistance, counsel with chaplain, get transportation help, and obtain counseling. It is a unique, special, safe place.
The book, the philosophical foundation for the developing National Family Justice Center movement, is co-authored by former San Diego City Attorney, Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack, JD, Director of the SDFJC . It is a road map for the creation of Family Justice Centers in America, and around the world in the years to come.
It is a book for men and women, victims and survivors, cops and prosecutors, pastors and counselors, priests and rabbis, employers and employees, citizens and immigrants, politicians and policy makers, moms and dads, fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers - a book that thoughtfully, carefully, and simply challenges the American people to come together and pursue a path toward hope and healing for violent families.
“San Diego figured it out…[Casey Gwinn] recognized that there’s a more compassionate way to help people who have been abused. And so he did something about it. He created what’s called the San Diego Family Justice Center…The runaround is over in San Diego. There’s a central location where somebody who desperately needs help can find compassion and hope.” – President George W. Bush
“The Family Justice Center movement will play a powerful role in the years to come in providing help to victims of family violence. When I visited the San Diego Family Justice Center, the innovation, dedication and compassion I saw there was truly remarkable. This is an important book that shows how a community can put values into action to break the cycle of violence." – U.S. Senator John Kerry
Casey Gwinn has just authored an article called "Non-Violent Men Have Nothing to Fear" in response to a recent OpEd piece submitted by Phyllis Schlafley. It can be viewed on our website by clicking here.
Oprah Winfrey showcased the San Diego Family Justice Center on her show. Casey Gwinn, co-author of "Hope For Hurting Families: Creating Family Justice Centers Across America" tells the story. Click here to view the video clip.