Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center (SLAFJC), a collaboration of 14 community partners, provides critical services in one, safe location with access to free and confidential services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and elder abuse.
From the moment you walk into the SLAFJC, you will be greeted by friendly and caring staff who will assist you in obtaining help, and then a guide will introduce you to available resources and services.
Our Services Include:
Crisis Intervention: During your first visit to the SLAFJC, a Guide will help determine what services you need. The Guide will take the appropriate next steps including making referrals to SLAFJC partners. Crisis intervention may include many of the described services below, depending on the services you identify that you need or want.
Safety Planning: Creating a safety plan can reduce your and your family’s risk of being harmed and can be made for a variety of situations and at any time. A safety plan can help identify methods and resources that can help keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency.
Risk of Danger Assessment: The Risk of Danger Assessment is an instrument that helps determine risk factors associated with homicides of battered women and batterers. Our staff cannot predict what will happen in your case, but the assessment can help you be aware of how many risk factors apply to your situation and help develop a safety plan.
Advocacy: Guides and partner advocates are experienced in providing assistance to those victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or elder abuse. Guides and advocates provide emotional support and are familiar with resources within the community that may be helpful to you.
Police Reports: The Salt Lake City Police Department Domestic Violence Detective Unit is co-located at the SLAFJC. If you experienced domestic violence in Salt Lake City and wish to report the incident or incidents to police, a detective will meet with you at the SLAFJC. If you sustained injuries and need documentation Salt Lake City Crime Lab will be called. If you experience domestic violence outside Salt Lake City, our guides will call the law enforcement agency where the incident or incidents occurred and request an officer come to the SLAFJC. In some cases the report may be taken over the phone.
Protective Orders, Stalking Injunctions, and Dating Violence Orders: A paralegal from Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake can assist you with filing for a Protective Order, Stalking Injunction, or Dating Violence Order. Screenings are done in person, on a walk-in basis.
Children’s Play Room: The SLAFJC has a children’s play room that provides a safe environment for your children to play. Confidential meeting rooms look into the play room so you can monitor your children while you receive the services you need.
Language Services: SLAFJC Guides and partner advocates provide services in English, Spanish, and ASL. We routinely use interpreters through language lines or other community partners for other languages.
Refugee Advocacy Services: Our refugee advocate is fluent in English and Arabic and works closely with refugees who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. The refugee advocate works with clients and follows up with on-site and off-site providers to coordinate services.
24-hour Sexual Assault Exams (Code R): The Family Justice Center Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (FJCSANE) provides sensitive, private, confidential, and free sexual assault examinations to victims of sexual assault in an outpatient clinic located at the SLAFJC. Insurance is not needed and your insurance company is not notified of services provided to you. The clinic is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or by private appointment. Support from Rape Recovery Center advocates is also provided. Call the 24-hour crisis line at 801-537-8600 or 1-855-992-2752.
Short-term Counseling: Experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence can be traumatic and have long lasting effects on one’s emotional and physical well-being. The SLAFJC provides short-term individual counseling by a licensed clinician at no-cost. SLAFJC counseling services help survivors learn to recognize their own strengths, talents, and resources, as they work to create a plan to meet their goals and increase their safety and self-confidence.
Domestic Violence Support Groups: Domestic Violence support groups are offered on a weekly basis in English and Spanish. Support groups offer survivors a way to find support among other women survivors by sharing experiences, learning about community resources, and finding empowering ways to move forward. For more information about when support groups are offered call 801-236-3370.
Crime Victims Legal Clinic: Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic (UCVLC) hosts a weekly clinic at the Center by appointment. During the clinic a staff attorney from UCVLC can review court documents, look up the status of a criminal case, and provide legal advice on crime victims’ rights, general criminal law, and orders of protection. UCVLC may be able to provide free legal representation based on case screening.
Emergency Shelter: If you and your children are in danger and need emergency shelter, guides at the SLFJC will work with you to access emergency shelter at the YWCA or help identify and access other shelters throughout the Salt Lake Valley to help keep you and your family safe.
Immigration Assistance: If you are a victim of violence you may qualify for a U-VISA or VAWA. Staff from the Legal Immigration Program at Holy Cross Ministries assists immigrant families in applying for legal residency at the SLAFJC by appointment.
Housing and Economic Empowerment Services: Our Housing and Economic Empowerment Specialist provides housing support by identifying and connecting clients to sustainable housing options in the community, assists in navigating housing programs and education around low income housing, and provides transportation and communication assistance with potential landlords. Budgeting assistance, financial planning, employment support with resume creation, interview skill building and focused one on one job search are also available. Our specialist can also assist with educational planning and assistance in connecting to local colleges to explore educational options to those interested.
Information and Referrals to other critical services including:
- Free Legal Advice and/or Legal Representation
- Divorce and Custody