Family Justice Center
About the Center
The District Attorney’s Office is bringing a Family Justice Center to the First Judicial District, which serves Jefferson and Gilpin counties. More than 70 partner agencies will work together to provide coordinated services for victims of violence. Violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, harassment, threats, choking, murder, elder abuse, child sex trafficking, property damage, and child abuse.
The center will be called PorchLight and will known as a place where victims will be welcomed and provided with comprehensive legal, medical, emotional, and social support services.
Challenges Faced by Victims
One of the greatest challenges faced by victims in the aftermath of crime is trying to find a new state of normal. They are often overwhelmed and confused. While many services are currently available for victims in our community, access to those services may require travel to different offices or searching websites. They may need to travel to 30 or more places to find the services they need. Issues with child care and transportation to these appointments may result in victims making a decision not to seek out the help they need. Often victims return to their abusers for financial support, housing, and child care.
“The Family Justice Center will make it easier for victims to seek help, reduce the number of times a victim has to their story, and will improve accessibility of services and resources,” said Family Justice Center Coordinator and prosecutor Candace Cooledge.
The Family Justice Center is the gateway to a network of services designed to reduce family violence in our counties. As we reduce the occurrence of family violence, we also enhance public safety, help reduce violent crime and homicide rates, unite communities in support of crime victims, save tax dollars, and increase effectiveness of timely services.
This is a join project of local community partners and national experts from the Family Justice Center Alliance. Community partners include non-profit service providers, medical providers, governmental agencies, law enforcement, mental health providers, schools, legal services, the faith community leaders, civic leaders, and more.
The VOICES Committee serves the Family Justice Center leadership in an advisory capacity and is comprised of members of the community who have been victims of crime in Jefferson County. This committee helps educate the public about family violence and brings the victim perspective to the process. If you are interested in serving on this committee, complete and return the membership application.
Family Violence is a Community issue
"Family violence is not just a family issue, it is a community issue,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “We work hard to provide victims with the resources they need to keep them from returning to a dangerous home environment, but we can do better. Our Family Justice Center will allow us to enhance victim safety while promoting offender accountability and justice.”
Currently our partner agencies, include law enforcement, non-profit service providers, school districts, and government agencies. For more information about how you, your agency, or your community can get involved, contact Deputy District Attorney Candace Cooledge at 303-271-6929.