With passage of an Illinois budget, funding for the Family Violence Coordinating Council has been restored, and the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court was awarded funding through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to reconstitute the local FVCC.
Linda Hooten, who has been active with the FVCC and Sexual Assault Response Team, recently was selected as coordinator of the local council.
Hooten will work with area providers and law enforcement agencies to develop committees that will work to enhance awareness, response and services to those affected by family violence in the community.
To volunteer to work with the FVCC, contact Linda at LAHooten@22ndcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov.
The Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Councils was convened by the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court in 1993 and transferred to the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority in 2000 to enhance the management of IFVCC’s financial resources and operations.
Originally founded in April 2007, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council established a forum to improve the institutional, professional and community response to family violence, including child abuse, domestic abuse and elder abuse; coordination of intervention and services for victims and perpetrators; and to contribute to the improvement of the legal system and the administration of justice.
Many collaborative partners worked on the council, which hosted an annual Fall Symposium on topics such as elder abuse, child abuse and stalking and sexual assault.
Funding of the FVCC was cut temporarily after the multiyear budget impasse in Springfield.