Palomar – Where Families Come First and Professionals Come Together
Palomar provides protection, hope and healing.
We envision an Oklahoma City that is free from violence, where safety and security is felt. Palomar integrates innovative services among collaborative providers to:
- Work together to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse and elder abuse;
- Provide long-term support for victims and their children to heal from trauma;
- Hold offenders accountable;
- Act as a catalyst to create a community and culture that is free from violence; and
- Empower survivors to thrive.
To provide victim-centered services that promote victim autonomy and empowerment.
To increase safety, promote healing, and foster empowerment through services for victims and their children.
Commitment to the utilization of culturally relevant service approaches with respect for diversity and promotion of inclusion.
Shape services to the need of clients.
Survivors have the right to choose their life’s direction.
Evaluate and adjust services by including survivors input and evidence-based best practices.
Maintain close working relationships among all collaborators/agencies (law enforcement, prosecution, community-based violence programs, shelters and other social services).
Integrate primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention approaches into all initiatives, programs and projects.
Develop a Family Justice Center community that values, affirms, recognizes and supports staff, partners, volunteers and clients.
Offer survivors, and their children, a place to belong even after the crisis intervention services are no longer necessary.
Increase offender accountability through evidence-based prosecution strategies.
Acknowledge the profound impact of trauma, which shapes all aspects of services.
Utilize a multifaceted treatment approach that meets the needs of the whole person.
Acknowledging the complexities of trauma and healing, we know that we can develop creative solutions and accomplish more for survivors when we work together as a united team.
In December 2015 our Strategic Planning Committee brought together 120 service providers and survivors representing 47 agencies in Oklahoma City for two days. The goal was to learn from our history, identify barriers to receiving services, and discover ways to help overcome those barriers. From the Strategic Planning, we developed six committees made up of professionals from diverse agencies and amazing leaders to guide the development of an Oklahoma City Family Justice Center: Palomar.
Immediately, people from across our city and state came together to help. We received PR assistance from The Gooden Group, a location from Midtown Renaissance, and in partnership with Rebuilding Together, building rehab assistance from hundreds of volunteers. With their help, we were able to completely transform our facility in under 3 hours.
We held our Grand Opening Ceremony on February 2, 2017. In attendance were our biggest supporters: partners, survivors, donors, and volunteers. Casey Gwinn, founder of the FJC movement, spoke to the crowd about the importance of building a Family Justice Center in Oklahoma City, and of how impressed he was with OKC and the way we came together to make Palomar happen in record time — in spite of an expected timetable of several years, we opened in just 17 months.