Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Councils
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Family Violence Coordinating Council Brochure
The purpose of the Family Violence Coordinating Councils (FVCC), at both the state and local/circuit level, is to establish a forum to improve the institutional, professional and community response to family violence including child abuse, domestic abuse, and elder abuse; to engage in education and prevention; coordination of intervention and services for victims and perpetrators; and to contribute to the improvement of the legal system and the administration of justice.
The Honorable Michael J. Sullivan, Chief Judge, 22nd Judical Circuit
Coordinator Contact Information
Bev Thomas email@example.com
McHenry County College, Shah Center
4100 West Shamrock Lane
McHenry, IL 60050
Description of Committee Structure and Membership of the Council
The 22nd Judicial Circuit’s FVCC is made up of four committees: Steering, Education, Faith and Court/Law Enforcement Committees. The Steering Committee, meeting quartely, is chaired by Chief Judge Sullivan, and is made up of Executive Directors, Committee Chairs, Ministers, Judges, the States' Attorney, elected officials and others in leadership roles who have the ability to make decisions within their respective organizations.
The Education, Faith and Court/Law Enforcement Committees, each with their own chair-person, meet monthly. Membership is drawn from domestic violence, sexual assault, partner abuse and elder abuse agencies, law enforcement, the State's Attorney's Office, schools, hospitals, DCFS, the Child Advocacy Center, CASA, probation, ministers, social service agencies, McHenry County Crisis Services and McHenry County College.
Accomplishments of the Council
The 22nd Judicial Circuit was formed in December 2006 and successfully began operations within the judicial circuit in April of 2007 with the hiring of the first Local Coordinator. All committees were initiated from that point and are all actively meeting and working on goals for the Council. In addition, the Council hosts an annual Fall Symposium on topics including Elder Abuse, Child Abuse and Stalking. On October 19, 2012, national experts will present timely information on a "Community Response to Sexual Assault." We are pleased to report that our partnerships have inlcuded Child Advocacy Center, Turning Point, Senior Service Associates, VOICE Sexual Assault, McHenry County State's Attorney's Office, the Mental Health Board, Centegra Health Systems and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Our cooperative efforts have resulted in well-attended and informative training opportunities serving more than 200 participants.
The Education Committee has developed and distributed a Key Indicators Sheet, in English and Spanish that will be used by emergency response and medical personnel, schools, social workers and others in identifying abuse and providing emergency referrals. The FVCC presented more extensive training in partnership with McHenry County schools with the Schools Respond to Family Violence Program. The Faith Committee has held faith-based presentations on recognizing family violenece for clergy, church personnel and lay leaders. This includes "In Her Shoes", an excercise that allows participants to experience the life and challenges of a victim of domestic violence, and "In Their Shoes," which focuses on Teen Dating Violence. The Court/Law Enforcement Committee has already streamlined the procedures regarding Orders of Protection between the States' Attorney's Office, Probation and the domestic violence agency in the county. Protocol trainings have been well-received at Law Enforcement and Fire Department roll calls and will continue as requested, along with a Mock Trial presenting a strangulation case. The 22nd FVCC is hard at work on the Grant to Encourage Arrest and Enforcement of Orders of Protection (ARREST Grant) awarded by the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women. Through this opportunity we will work on updating and implementing protocols for law enforecement and prosecutors on domestic violence, elder abuse, and abuse against people with disabilities.