U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) today joined Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara to announce that the City of Rockford has received $449,870 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. The funding will allow Rockford to establish a Family Justice Center, which will provide comprehensive services to aid victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
The Family Justice Center (FJC) established with the help of this funding will provide victims of domestic violence with a single location to access resources and services. FJCs bring together law enforcement personnel, medical providers, prosecutors, social service representatives, and mental health professionals in a single location to provide victim-centered services to survivors and their families.
Specifically, Rockford will use the grant to:
• establish a strategic planning committee to oversee the implementation of the Family Justice Center;
• implement a multi-agency collaborative Family Justice Center that serves victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking;
• implement protocols to ensure sex trafficking victims are identified and referred for services;
• establish workgroups to implement the strategic planning committee’s plan; and,
• support both a Family Justice Center Project Manager and a Family Justice Center Director.