San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC)

About This Program

Target Population: Anyone affected by Family Violence: domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and limited sexual assault cases

Program Overview

Under the leadership of the San Diego City Attorney's Office, the San Diego Family Justice Center -the first of its kind - is a comprehensive agency that provides a variety of onsite services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking including counseling, legal services, law enforcement assistance, forensic medical examinations, children programs, and assistance with obtaining public benefits, and other social services. Services are free of charge.

Program Goals

The goals of the San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC) are:

  • Easy access to comprehensive services
  • Protection from family violence
  • Less exposure to and use of violence
  • Accountability of those who caused the violence (i.e., batterers)
  • Economic justice
  • Healing of families to enable them to thrive
  • Realization of hope

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC).

Essential Components

The essential components of the San Diego Family Justice Center include:

  • Advocacy
  • Childcare
  • Clothing
  • Counseling
  • Court support
  • Deaf/hard-of-hearing assistance
  • Assistance with locating emergency housing
  • Food
  • Forensic documentation of injuries
  • Housing for pets
  • Internet access
  • Law enforcement/prosecution
  • Legal assistance
  • Locksmith services
  • Medical services
  • Military assistance
  • Phones (cell phones, phones onsite, and phone cards)
  • Restraining orders
  • Support groups
  • Safety planning
  • Spiritual support
  • Transportation
  • Victim compensation

Program Delivery

Adult Services

San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC) directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:

  • Experiencing or has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or sex trafficking

Recommended Intensity:

Clients use the services offered as needed.

Recommended Duration:

The duration of contact depends on the services used.

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider


This program does not include a homework component.


San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC) has materials available in a language other than English:


For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

This list of four items:

  1. Community support from local government, nonprofits, and domestic violence community
  2. Space for co-location for onsite partners
  3. Dedicated staff to oversee project
  4. Dedicated staff from onsite community partners

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Expertise and experience in the field of family violence. A team of professionals such as law enforcement, attorneys, social workers, advocates, medical, counselors, chaplains, etc. who are willing to co-locate, collaborate, and provide coordinated services.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:
  • Onsite
  • Regional
  • National
  • International
Number of days/hours:

Continuing education is offered throughout the year for staff and community partners.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC).

Additional References

Carney, A. (2004, May/June). The San Diego Family Justice Center: A year of experience and intervention. Forensic Nurse.

Gwinn, C., & Strack, G. (2006). Hope for hurting families: Creating Family Justice Centers across America. Volcano Press.

Zimmerman, E. (2006, September). Where broken families find hope & justice. San Diego Magazine.

Contact Information

Sabrina Gana
Agency/Affiliation: San Diego Family Justice Center
Phone: (619) 533-6000

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2021

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2007