The Morris Family Justice Center (MFJC) provides the services a survivor of domestic violence, dating abuse and sexual assault needs in ONE place—counseling, protection, legal and immigration assistance, children’s services, and more.
The new comprehensive center was founded by Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) along with its partner agencies the County of Morris, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Superior Court, Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Bar Foundation, Morris CARES, Manavi, and the Morristown Police Department.
Located on the 4th Floor of the County Administration and Records Building across from the Morris County Courthouse, the Center’s services are offered by representatives from the partner agencies in a safe, supportive environment. The model for the Morris Family Justice Center is recognized as a best practice in the field of domestic violence by the U.S. Department of Justice and Morris County’s Center is only one of two in New Jersey.
Too often, victims of domestic violence, dating abuse and sexual assault are forced to navigate complex systems to receive critical services while gripped by fear and heartbreak. Family Justice Centers bring agencies together to work with victims during the crisis and long after the crisis. Victims will no longer be burdened with traveling to different agencies and telling their stories repeatedly.
The initial startup of the project is being funded by the Office on Violence Against Women and The Provident Bank Foundation. Additionally, the County of Morris has agreed to provide rent-and utility-free space in which to operate the program in its Administration and Records Building in Morristown.
The Family Justice Center will stand as a beacon of hope for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for years to come.
The Mission of the Morris Family Justice Center is to provide a community-wide approach to delivering services to victims of domestic violence and their families through a coordinated effort among agencies, including county government, law enforcement, social service agencies, and the court, to enhance safety by ensuring that victims receive the maximum protections under the law and that perpetrators are held accountable.