Historical Timeline

1968 - Established as Youth Resource Bureau, by a group of Brockton residents concerned with families in need of help.

1977 - Incorporated as Brockton Family and Community Resources, Inc.

1978 - Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Mental Health Clinic.

1980 - Received gift of building at 18 Newton Street, Brockton from the Old Colony Association for Mental Health, Inc.

1991 - Established Domestic Violence Action Program.

1991 - Opened State of Massachusetts first Supervised Visitation Center.

1992 - Awarded citation from Massachusetts House of Representatives for "Outstanding Leadership In Domestic Violence and the Development of Programs which demonstrate how violence prevention works".

1993 - First state funded program to provide "supervised visitation/parenting services" for children in Out-of-home placement and their non-custodial parents.

1993 - Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Provider of Substance Abuse Services.

1993 - Received certification from Department of Public Health as one of state's first 7 certified batterer intervention programs for Plymouth, Norfolk and Bristol Counties Courts.

1994 - Co-sponsored Senate Bill No. 819 with Senator Therese Murray –"An Act to provide Safe, Supervised Child Visitation Centers for Non-Custodial parents served with Restraining Orders."

1995 - Developed and implemented "Family Violence Advocacy Center" in donated trailer at Brockton District Court in collaboration with Chief Justice Nagle and Sgt. Joseph Butler of the Brockton Police Department.

1997 - Collaborated witch Brockton Police Department and the Executive Office of Public Safety on the development and implementation of the "Smart Strike" pilot project for collecting data relative to services for victims of domestic violence. 

1998 - Integrated Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services on site at BFCR.

1999 - Developed civilian police advocacy project with the East Bridgewater Police Department.

2000 - BFCR's program for battered women with substance abuse issues highlighted as a "Promising Practice" in the Urban Institute's 2000 Report to Congress.  

2001 - Awarded contract to provide comprehensive services to survivors of victims of 9/11 residing in S.E.  Massachusetts and Eastern R.I.

2001 - Collaborated with The Brockton Police Department in the development of the Domestic Violence Plan. This published plan provides a comprehensive framework for a coordinated community response to domestic violence for the Brockton Trial Court jurisdiction.

2002 - Developed and implemented the Nation's first Mobile Visitation Program for rural areas.

2002 - Implemented services for survivors of victims of homicide for Plymouth and Bristol Counties.

2002 - Civilian Police Advocacy Project developed with the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, Hingham Police Dept., South Shore Women's Resource Center and Womansplace Crisis Center.

2003 - Visitation Services funded by Department of Social Services for expansion to Norfolk and Barnstable Counties.

2003 - Implemented crisis response, support and group services for survivors of the R.I. Night Club Fire. Received commendation from Governor of R.I.

2003 - Developed model program for state for Child Witness to Violence Services, which included two age-specific groups, a parenting group for non-offending parents and childcare, all run simultaneously.

2003 - Awarded state funding to develop program to provide community based services to victims of drunk/drugged driving in a tri-county area: Norfolk/Plymouth and Bristol.

2003 - Received expanded funding to further develop program for survivors of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

2003 - Chosen to participate in Dept. of Transitional Assistance Southeast Pilot Project for victims residing in DTA Homeless Shelters.

2004 - Implemented free, confidential services directed toward the needs of survivors, surviving family members, witnesses, and secondary victims of OUI incidents.

2004 - Co-sponsored "Open Minds, Open Doors – Working with victims of domestic violence with substance abuse issues and disabilities" conference in partnership with the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

2004 -  Implemented state's first program placing an advocate for victims of domestic violence in housing and juvenile court.

2005 - Staff and management of BFCR re-commit to the delivery of innovative, leading programs for Child, adolescent and adult victims of trauma.

2006 - Received funding to expand "Community Based Services" for victims of domestic violence in the City of Brockton and ten surrounding towns

2006 - Expanded volunteer Safe Home shelter program to include two faith based sites.

2007 - Received grant from Department of Social Services to implement a "Housing Stabilization" Program for victims of domestic violence.

2008 - BFCR Child Witness To Violence Program named "Promising Practice Model Program" By Dept. of Children and Families' Domestic Violence Unit.

2009 - BFCR Domestic Violence Program expanded it's adult victim services to provide  integrated services  for Latina Victims 

2010 - Received grant from City of Brockton Police Department to provide bi-lingual Civilian Police Advocacy Services

2010 - Brockton Family and Community Resources, Inc. receives OVW grant in collaboration with the Town of East Bridgewater to expand and enhance supervised visitation services.

2010 - Brockton Family and Community Resources, Inc. officially re-named "Family and Community Resources, Inc." on September 10th to more appropriately reflect the geographic area served.

2011 - Family and Community Resources, Inc. selected to participate in MA Dept. of Public Health Batterer's Intervention Program Guideline Revision Committee.

2011 - Chosen to implement pilot project with Dept. of Transitional Assistance, United Way and Plymouth County Coalition for the Homeless to provide services to victims of trauma and domestic violence residing in hotels/motels in Brockton.

2011 - Family and Community Resources, Inc. chosen to sit on Governor's Commission Against Sexual and Domestic Violence sub-committee on Children Who Witness Violence.

2012 - Family and Community Resources, Inc. implements program for women over 55 who have been abused by a loved one.

2012 - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center awards Family and Community Resources a $5,000 Community Health Fellowship to expand advocacy services for victims of domestic violence at the FCR Quincy Visitation Program.

2013 - Family and Community Resources, Inc.  establishes community based group for elders in partnership with local hospital

2013 - Family and Community Resources, Inc. is awarded $250,000.00 Dept. of Justice, OVW Grant to expand supervised visitation services for child and adult victims of family violence. 

2014 - Family and Community Resources, Inc. Recognized by our delegation of Representatives at State House, Boston , MA for continued community services to all victims of domestic violence.

2015 - Family and Community Resources, Inc. awarded 8 month grant by the Brockton Public School system to provide services to adolescent enrolled in the Champion Charter and Pathways schools.

2016 - Family and Community Resources, Inc., in collaboration with the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, awarded one of six national grants to train medical personnel in the signs of and appropriate response to victims of family violence.

2016 - Family and Community Resources, Inc., in collaboration with South Shore Women's Resource Center and the Town of East Bridgewater receives $750,000 three year grant to expand services for veteran's who are victims of family violence and immigrant women throughout 28 Cities and Towns in southeastern MA

2016 - Family and Community Resources, Inc in collaboration with Health Imperatives and South Shore Women's Resource Center organize and co-facilitate the Greater Brockton and Greater Plymouth Area Task force on Sexual and Family Violence.