Our History

Alliance for HOPE International evolved from the Family Justice Center Alliance (Alliance).  The Alliance created a model that calls for efficient, and effective co-located multi-disciplinary service delivery for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children.  The Family Justice Center has been recognized as a best practice model by the US Department of Justice.

There are currently more than 130 operational centers and over 100 developing centers in the United States and abroad. The Alliance was created to serve as a clearinghouse, research center, technical assistance provider, and national membership organization for all Family Justice Centers and similar multi-agency models in the United States.  The Alliance hosts an annual international conference, provides shared learning opportunities such as web-based education programs, and training in the area of family violence.  In October 2003, President George W. Bush announced the creation of the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative. The $20 million Initiative began a movement toward more “one stop shop,” co-located, multi-disciplinary service centers. The President based his Initiative on the San Diego Family Justice Center (SDFJC) model, which opened in 2002.  The Alliance is the coordinator of the current California Family Justice Initiative, funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, which has helped start ten new Family Justice Centers in California since 2009, creating a statewide network. The Alliance also operates the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention and Camp HOPE America.  Camp HOPE America is the first specialized camping and mentoring operation in the country focused on children exposed to domestic violence and physically and sexually abused children.

In 2015, the Alliance changed its name to Alliance for HOPE International.  The two-year rebranding process was developed to better capture the diverse work of the Alliance and our focus on using HOPE Theory and HOPE Evaluation.  These tools capture the world changing work of the Alliance, its allied Centers and programs in the lives of survivors and their children. The Family Justice Center Alliance is now a program of Alliance for HOPE International along with its other flagship programs including the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, Camp HOPE America, Justice Legal Network, the Leadership Training Institute, and VOICES Survivors Network.