[vc_row][vc_column][trx_title style=”underline”]Objective D1: Family Safety Center[/trx_title][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ active_section=”1″ pagination_color=”black”][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1571871988885-d5141fd4-dd8c”][vc_column_text]Domestic violence offenses comprise a large percentage of all of major violent crime measured within our community. In order to reduce overall crime, including major violent crime, domestic violence occurrences must also decrease. Unlike other offense areas, DV involves relationships, often intimate ones where housing and childcare responsibilities are shared. Close attention must, therefore, be provided to victims of domestic violence. The Shelby County Family Safety Center (FSC), based on a recognized best practice in the prevention and intervention of domestic violence, is a safe “one stop” place where victims of domestic violence can receive help, advice, and access to more than 40 agencies offering civil, criminal, health, and social services.5° Opened in 2012, its mission is to “effectively combine civil, criminal, health and social services for victims of family violence in one location.”51 This centralized approach allows families to get the help they need to avoid further victimization and bring their perpetrators to justice.

Family Safety Center houses many of the services needed by victims within their own facility. Currently, 10 of their 31 servicing agencies are on site. Specially trained navigators assist a victim and her/his family with determining their needs and next steps. This includes help in obtaining orders of protection, emergency and transitional housing, health services including safety planning and counseling, spiritual support, translation services, and legal assistance. These and other components of services provided by FSC are seen as necessary to improving outcomes for victims and reducing re victimization

Evaluation of success in the context of domestic violence cases can be challenging given the nature of the crime. Victims may be re-victimized by a different person, while a perpetrator may victimize more than one person. The leadership of the FSC is continually developing new measurements and recently adopted some revised methods of data collection. FSC is further committed to undergoing an outside evaluation of its impact and then to raising funds to meet identified needs. Outcomes may be modified based upon the results of this evaluation process.

Key Objective Outcomes:

  1. Reduce the percentage of FSC clients experiencing re-victimization by at least 20% by 2021.
  2.  Increase the percentage of FSC clients obtaining permanent orders of protection by at least 30% by 2021.

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