The Family Justice Center (FJC) of Boston helps make it easier for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse to get the many different types of help that they need.
If you need help—but don’t know where to go, who to turn to, or where to start—call us or stop by. The FJC brings a diverse group of partner organizations together to offer a variety of victim services under one roof. (All service providers located at the FJC are listed above.) You will find advocates and counselors who can talk with you about your experience of domestic violence or sexual assault. They can help you to explore your options, identify support services, find ways to keep yourself safe and—if you have children—help to protect them as well. You will find lawyers who can help with restraining orders, probate court matters (custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, divorce and paternity), housing, education, privacy, employment, and advice on obtaining transitional assistance. Police detectives and prosecutors work on the second floor and are available to answer any questions you may have about criminal cases and the criminal justice system. And, while you are visiting any of the agencies at the FJC, your children can spend time in the drop-in day care with our child care specialist.
If you are worried that your child may have been physically or sexually assaulted, or traumatized as a result of witnessing violence, call us or come in to talk with someone in person. Staff from the Children’s Advocacy Center and its partner agencies can help with crisis intervention, information and referrals, forensic interviews and specialized medical exams, trauma evaluation and counseling, and victim support and advocacy for children, teens and families.
If your sister, brother, neighbor or best friend has been victimized, and you don’t know how to help, call us or drop in. Advocates will provide facts and information about domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. They can explain what the person is dealing with, what can help make them safer, and what could put them in greater danger. Sometimes, it can be frightening, awkward, and frustrating to try to help. Having someone to talk it over with can make it easier for you reach out and support the people you care about.
If you want more information about domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse, or about the services that our partners provide at the FJC, call us or stop by. The FJC is here as a resource to victims, survivors, their families and friends, and to the community at large. Please spread the news and let your family, your clients, your students, your friends and your neighbors know that we are here to help.