A Center for Justice, Hope and Healing – Little Fork Advocacy Center Service for Victims of Abuse
To promote healing and justice for child victims of abuse and trauma.
Formed in 2013, Little Fork provides a network of survival and coping needs to children who have traumatic experiences in rural and Appalachian counties in Ohio. Children in these rural counties experience sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence and substance use with barriers to healing and justice due to geographical location. Little Fork partners work to seek justice that is holistic, and victim centered while educating the community at large on preventing family violence. Through a multidisciplinary team, partners provide solutions for victims via high rate of successful case prosecution, victim centered advocacy and long-term trauma informed healing, access to continuing best practice education in multiple systems and advocacy for policy change. Children in rural and Appalachian experience a barrier to justice and trauma informed services. Partners promote equitable services to those who historically faced obstacles in justice due to the barriers that living in rural areas.
A coordinated community response involving health, police, legal services, shelters and protection services, schools and other education institutions, religious or cultural groups, and others to ensure survivors of violence, receive the comprehensive support they need. This response is equivalent to a multisectoral approach at the local level. $10,000: Space rental and occupation related costs. $15,000: Allocated to hire Coordinator to provide consultation and coordination of victim services, training and technical support, and coordination of activities and partners. Role of coordinator would incorporate all practice of partners and referral processes, aid in the social media communications and all related digital and web based information including website, develop new partners and identify grant funding and aid in completion of available funding requirements, provide private philanthropy asks with intent to diversify funding resources and support to expand footprint and model.
Lasting impact would be more victims served that face inequities receive justice despite geographical location and barriers associated to living in rural areas. Safety of the survivors/victims through sensitization, training, protocols, procedures, among all key stakeholders and service providers (police, social workers, lawyers, judges, etc.) . Inter-institutional negotiations for cooperation - leading to Memoranda of Understanding, protocols, and other agreements. In the process of inter-institutional negotiations, it is important to secure support from major decision-makers (including mayors and/or other high-level local authorities) and work with actors that are trusted by the community. Achieve systematic changes – the purpose to improve response for all victims and survivors, but also to achieve lasting changes in the attitudes, norms and practices at all system levels. The intervention centered on institutions, and not just individuals, reflects a systems-based approach to care.