HOPE | HEALING | JUSTICE
Our mission is to reduce victimization with a safety net of crisis services.
We achieve this by meeting the medical, legal, safety, education, and basic needs of individuals and families in a warm and welcoming environment. Specifically, we help those affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and stalking.
We are a one-stop triage facility, in which twenty community organizations collaborate.
Co-location means our combined efforts reduce the potential that individuals and families in crisis will miss vital resources. It also reduces the number of times that they must retell their story to minimize further trauma. Ultimately, the Center fosters a heightened community vigilance that comes from partner organizations looking for innovations through the same lens; rapid learning that comes from continuous feedback; and an immediacy of action from a unified and simultaneous community response.
Our values encapsulate our vision for those that we serve: Hope, healing, justice, safety, and empowerment.
Faces of Hope Victim Center was spearheaded by Ada County and stemmed primarily from the leadership and initiative of three individuals. In 2004, Ada County Prosecuting Attorney, Greg Bower, along with Prosecuting Attorney’s Jan Bennetts and Jean Fisher, convened a multi-jurisdictional planning body to develop a community victim-assistance center. The initiative involved law enforcement, medical providers, and social service agencies. It also included a local strategic planning firm and an architectural firm to design a multi-agency facility to serve clients. In 2006, Ada County incorporated FACES Family Justice Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, with doors opening the same year. The goal: to provide proactive, team-orientated, victim-centered services and education to those that experience abuse and neglect.
A decade after its inception, in April 2016, the Center reorganized. Ada County oversees daily operations and provides the building/utilities at no cost. Each of the twenty partner organizations then covers and controls its own program within the Center. Along those lines, as one of the twenty partner organizations, Faces of Hope Foundation fills a fundamental gap in community resources by providing essential services that are not covered by insurance, victims’ compensation, or other community resources.
In 2016, in addition to the reorganization, the Center changed its name from FACES Family Justice Center to Faces of Hope Victim Center. We want people to know that we are a safety net for all individuals, not just families. We also want people to know that we do not mandate law enforcement reporting for adults, if they are not ready. Our name change promotes one of our greatest strengths: we provide “hope” to individuals and families who have not experienced such empowerment because of their victimization. As a haven, our continued presence and unduplicated services are essential to the health of the Treasure Valley.
Victim Centered and Driven
- Shaping services by asking individuals what they need
- Promoting victim autonomy and empowerment
- Increasing safety and promoting healing for individuals and families
- Celebrating and welcoming diversity
- Promoting a culture that supports effective collaboration
- Transforming and enhancing systems response
- Commitment to evidence-based best practices
- Enhancing community awareness
- Commitment to end interpersonal violence
YEAR IN REVIEW
One safe place: We use a coordinated approach to offer services designed to break the cycle of violence. Medical providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, social workers, counselors, and advocates work together, under one roof, to streamline how we help people to heal. We know our model works, based on documented outcomes:
- Increased community support services
- Increased safety and autonomy, which empowers individuals and families
- Reduced fear and anxiety, recantation and minimization for those suffering from abuse
- Increased prosecution of offenders
- Reduced costs because all services are in one place
- Streamlined process
- Fewer suicides and less deaths at the hands of abusers
417 S 6th Street, Boise, ID 83702
We are located on the corner of 6th and Myrtle.