CAFJC was created by the 2018 Justice Reinvestment Act of the Louisiana Legislature to empower victims of family violence with resources necessary to maintain safety and stability for themselves and their families. The CAFJC will serve as a critical service navigation point for victims of domestic and dating violence, collaborating with on-site partner agencies representing advocacy services, children and youth services, counseling services, and other various services organizations. We will serve eight (8) parishes.
In the fall of 2018, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the award for victims services grants, including one to establish a Family Justice Center to serve East Baton Rouge and surrounding communities. Throughout, 2019, a Planning Committee convened and community partnership meetings were held, then the Capital Area Family Justice Center was officially incorporated. A new Board of Directors vetted several facilities and sites before selecting a building on the campus of the Family and Youth Service Center campus. In early 2020, the first executive director was hired and renovations began on Building C.
CAFJC is grateful to the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement for earmarking much-needed financial resources to establish this multi-disciplinary one-step center that will make a real difference in the lives of survivors of domestic and dating violence.
CAFJC receives dedicated funding through the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement from the State of Louisiana Department of Corrections to empower victims of family violence with resources necessary to maintain safety and stability for themselves and their families. In February 2019, the first CAFJC Planning Committee was convened and in March 2019, the Board of Directors held its first meeting. The organization secured its 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS in August 2019.
It is our mission to provide survivors of domestic and dating violence with the opportunity to create safer, more stable lives for themselves and their children by providing in-depth, professionally supported, comprehensive services. This work is carried out through multi-disciplinary collaboration, compassionate advocacy and is driven by the highest standards of excellence.
Our vision is to provide a safe location where all the needs of survivors are met, where children are protected, where violence stops, where families heal and thrive, where hope is realized and where professionals all work together.
Renee Craft, Executive Director
Renee is an experienced professional with accomplishments in private, public and nonprofit sectors with demonstrated leadership, objectivity and proclivity for trouble-shooting and collaboration. She is experienced with a nonprofit organization's growth cycle – bringing it to maturity and helping determine when to maintain stability, streamline or strategically poise it for growth.
Renee began her career as a newspaper reporter then transitioned into the nonprofit sector. She has served as Executive Director for four mission-led organizations. She earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Louisiana Tech University.
We promise to:
- Provide survivor-centered services
- Provide community outreach and education
- Create an atmosphere and culture of empowerment
- Enhance partner collaboration and excellence
At CAFJC, we understand that maintaining a client’s confidentiality is paramount to a client’s safety.
We pledge to clients’ confidences and will not disclose (including to other project personnel) any information regarding a client without express permission, preferably in writing. We will not discuss client matters in public spaces, including hallways or open offices and/or conference rooms at the CAFJC. We will not publicly acknowledge a client without his/her express permission.
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