Family Justice Center of Georgetown Services
Whether you are planning to leave your abuser or have already left, a carefully laid out safety plan will help you be prepared in an emergency situation, and increase your chances of not being harmed during a violent episode. A victim’s advocate will work with you to develop a safety plan that is specific to you and your children’s needs. CLICK HERE FOR A PERSONAL SAFETY PLAN.
The FJC provides victims of Georgetown County safe refuge. Our emergency shelter addresses your crucial safe housing needs in the midst of your crisis. A case manager will help you identify the basic needs for your family. Goals will be established based on your individual circumstances with a primary focus on safety & self sustainability. The FJC shelter is staffed 24 hours and is equipped with a state of the art security system.
On your initial visit or call to the FJC, a victim’s advocate will complete an intake assessment to determine how to best serve you. You and our advocate will determine what services you need. Once the assessment is completed, the advocate will make referrals to one of our in-house service providers and/or partners, advocates and/or community providers.
Our family violence advocates specialize in providing assistance to victims of family violence. They have an understanding of the criminal, civil and social service systems in our community. Advocates can also provide you practical and emotional support. They are efficient in crisis intervention. FJC advocates can explain what law-enforcement and courts can do for you and how they function in Georgetown County. They can help you navigate the system and process of pressing charges and/or obtaining an order of protection. Our Court advocates will help you complete the necessary paperwork to petition the Family Court for an order of protection and can accompany you in court.
A case manager at the Family Justice Center will work with you in identifying and establishing goals based on your needs. The case manager then provides guidelines for accomplishing those goals. As you consistently work towards meeting your goals the case manager can help you connect with resources i.e. financial assistance, housing, employment, child care and life skills classes.
The FJC has an attorney that may accompany you to court for Order of Protection hearings.
An order of protection is granted in Family Court. It helps protect you from harassment or abuse. In an order of protection a judge will set boundaries on your partner’s behavior. A typical order will include your partner not being able to contact you or attempt to communicate with you, or come to your home or work. If married, custody and possession of the home and vehicle may be addressed. You are the party that brings this action to court and only you have the right to dismiss it after a judge has issued an order. To dismiss an order of protection you must go back in front of the judge and ask for a dismissal. An order of protection is a temporary action and is usually in place six months or one year.
The FJC has a counselor on staff to help you in crisis situations as well as ongoing emotional healing from the trauma of domestic violence. If your situation requires outside counseling resources the FJC counselor will work with you to make the necessary referrals.
The FJC has a weekly Domestic Violence Support Group led by a licensed counselor, and is designed to help with the healing process from the emotional pains of domestic violence. In a peer setting, the group focuses on relational as well as interpersonal skills.
The FJC has a weekly parenting class that focuses on implementing and building positive parenting techniques.
The FJC has a beautiful children’s room to assist with your children while you are receiving the services you need. Volunteers are available to provide childcare for support groups and life skills classes.
Children who witness domestic violence in the home often exhibit a wide range of social and emotional problems. These problems usually are displayed in their behavior i.e. depression, hyperactive, defiance etc. Many times they have difficulty getting along with their peers. They may become withdrawn and passive, or they may mimic what they see in the abuser and become overly aggressive. Our staff counselor can provide the necessary assessment and provide services or offer referrals to help your child transaction from emotional difficulties.
For more information, please contact the center via our Contact page