Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles, developed by the Advisory Board for the Family Justice Center Alliance, are the fundamental values that direct our vision, service delivery, and the environment of the multi-agency Morris Family Justice Center.

  • Safety-Focused: Increase safety, promote healing, and foster empowerment through services for victims and their children
  • Victim-Centered: Provide Victim-centered services that promote victim autonomy
  • Culturally Responsive: Commitment to the utilization of culturally relevant service approaches that are measurable and behavior based
  • Intervene and Prevent: Engage all communities through outreach and community education
  • Survivor Driven: Shape services to clients by asking them what they need
  • Transformative (willing to change): Evaluate and adjust services by including survivors input and evidence-based best practices
  • Relationship-Based: Maintain close working relationships among all collaborators/agencies (law enforcement, prosecution, community-based violence programs, shelters and other social services)
  • Prevention-Oriented: Integrate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention approaches into all initiatives, programs, and projects
  • Kind-Hearted: Develop a Family Justice Center community that values, affirms, recognizes and supports staff, volunteers, and clients
  • Empowered: offer survivors a place to belong even after the crisis intervention services are no longer necessary
  • Offender Accountability: Increase offender accountability through evidence based prosecution strategies