Bill Text: CA ACR194 | 2023-2024 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Family Justice Center Day.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2024-05-20 - From committee: Be adopted. Ordered to Third Reading. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (May 20). [ACR194 Detail]

Download: California-2023-ACR194-Introduced.html


Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 194

Introduced by Assembly Member Grayson

May 02, 2024

Relative to Family Justice Center Day.


ACR 194, as introduced, Grayson. Family Justice Center Day.
This measure would declare June 3, 2024, as Family Justice Center Day in California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, An average of 10,000,000 cases of domestic abuse are reported to occur in the United States each year, equating to 20 people per minute; and
WHEREAS, According to the State Department of Public Health, one in five women and one in seven men have experienced some form of violence from one of their intimate partners at least once in their lifetime; and
WHEREAS, Partner violence accounts for about 20 percent of all violent crime in California and one in six victims of homicide are reportedly killed by their intimate partner; and
WHEREAS, Victimization and perpetration of sexual and domestic violence often connects to unmitigated childhood trauma and adult polyvictimization, numerous types of victimization over a lifetime, and produces short-term and long-term physical and mental health consequences; and
WHEREAS, Family justice centers (FJCs) in California provide trauma-informed, coordinated, wraparound services that bring together advocates, mental health professionals, legal supports, police officers, prosecutors, doctors, nurses, chaplains, and other professionals under one roof; and
WHEREAS, FJCs in California are represented by the California Family Justice Network (CFJN), a membership organization that provides training, statewide coordination of victim services, advocacy for survivor services and support, and sharing of best practices; and
WHEREAS, California is now leading the way toward multisector, collaborative approaches to serving domestic and sexual violence survivors and their children with 27 CFJN-affiliated FJCs operating throughout the state; and
WHEREAS, California’s FJCs serve more than 70,000 trauma survivors each year, with spikes in demand up more than 30 percent since the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, More than 20 percent of victims serviced by California’s FJCs are children; and
WHEREAS, The purpose of the CFJN is to advocate for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse, dependent adult abuse, and child abuse in the State of California, and to actively work toward the prevention of those crimes, while supporting the implementation of the provisions and intent of Section 13750 of the Penal Code, which defines family justice centers. This provision seeks to ensure “that victims of abuse are able to access all needed services in one location in order to enhance victim safety, increase offender accountability, and improve access to services for victims”; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature declares June 3, 2024, as Family Justice Center Day in California and recognizes the lifesaving and hope-giving work of the CFJN and its 27 member centers as they work with rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, human trafficking agencies, prosecutor’s offices, law enforcement agencies, and other professionals and community-based organizations to ensure that adult and child survivors of trauma can access all of their services in one setting; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.