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The National Domestic Violence Hotline Number:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
WomensLaw.org was founded in February 2000 by a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates, and web designers interested in seeing the power of the Internet work for more disadvantaged people and specifically for survivors of domestic violence. We pulled together our experiences and resources and launched this website in October 2001. WomensLaw.org changed its formal name from Women's Law Initiative in 2005.
The Mission of WomensLaw.org is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent lives, free from abuse.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
You may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if your partner:
You may be in a physically abusive relationship if your partner has ever:
You may be in a sexually abusive relationship if your partner:
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions you may be in an abusive relationship; please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or your local domestic violence center to talk with someone about it.
Each year in America approximately 4 million women are battered by their partners. Domestic abuse affects people of all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. Children from homes of domestic violence suffer physical abuse, or neglect at a much higher rate than the national average. Children who witness abuse suffer emotional trauma. They may experience confusion, stress and fear, which can lead to stress induced health problems. Domestic abuse is a crime and can result in the abuser being removed or restrained from the home and/or jailed.
Loveisrespect.org (Love is Respect) National Dating Abuse Helpline | 1-866-331-9474 | 1-866-331-8453 TTY
loveisrespect.org provides resources for teens, parents, friends and family, Peer Advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials and the general public. All communication is confidential and anonymous.
About the Helpline
loveisrespect, National Dating Abuse Helpline was launched in February 2007 with help from founding sponsor, Liz Clairborne Inc. It is a national 24-hour resource that can be accessed by phone or the internet, specifically designed for teens and young adults. The Helpline and loveisrespect.org offer real-time one-on-one support from trained Peer Advocates. Managed by the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), loveisrespect, National Dating Abuse Helpline operates from a call center in Austin, Texas.
Peer Advocates are trained to offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers.
Contact Love is Respect (loveisrespect)
If you have questions about teen dating abuse, please contact them at www.loveisrespect.org If you wish to remain anonymous please enter “site visitor” in the ‘name’ fields or leave them blank. An email address is required to use this form.
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JBWS: Jersey Battered Women's Service: 24 hour helpline: 1-877-782-2873 (877-R-U-ABUSED)
Domestic Violence is when one person controls another or coerces the other in an intimate relationship. Types of abuse include physical, verbal, emotional, economic and sexual as well as intimidation and threats of violence.
Who are the victims? Most are women abused by men. However there are cases of women who abuse their male partner, women who abuse women and men who abuse men. A person may be a victim even if he/she is not legally married to the abusive partner, is gay or lesbian, separated or divorces or is abuse by someone else in the home such as a parent, sibling or child.
Why doesn't the victim leave?
Most victims want to leave and may try to leave. Some times their partner uses intimidation and violence to stop them, and they fear retaliation. Victims don't stay because they like or need the abuse. They stay, hoping the violence will end, because they are financially dependent on the abuser, lack alternative housing, or are trying to keep the family together. They stay hoping change is possible.
Services offered by JBWS:
24 hour helpline - Emergency safe house for women and their children - Counseling and legal assistance- Children's services
Transitional housing- life skills education- Vocational counseling- Community education- Training for professionals- Teenage Dating abuse prevention- Batterers Intervention
More than 75 paid staff and over 100 volunteers work together with the help of the community to fulfill the agency mission.
What School Staff Can Do About Domestic Violence:
School staff can help students deal with domestic violence and dating abuse. Principals, teachers, nurses, aids, counselors, bus drivers, crossing guards, custodians and other support staff can model respect in relationships, create safety for all students, assist students affecting by dating abuse and domestic violence, and motivate students to create change.
Domestic Violence Support Groups by County:
Providence House: Professionally run, Support, education, counseling and shelter for victims who are or have been in abusive situations. Meets in Delran. Children's counseling services: Call 1-877-871-7551
Women's Domestic Violence Support Group: (Bilingual) Professionally run. Mutual support for female victims/survivors of domestic violence. Educational series and advocacy. Call 856-963-5668 (day) Web site: www.ccwomenscenter.org Camden: meets Thursday, 12 noon -2pm Collingswood: Tuesday 6-8pm
Babyland Family Violence Program: Professionally run, Support for women who have been in abusive relationships. Aim is to educate, liberate and empower domestic violence victims and survivors. Shelter and hotline. Pre-requisite requirements. Also offers a men's PEACE group ($2 fee) Meets at various locations in Essex County. 973-484-4446 (24hour) Web site: www.babylandfamilyservices.org
SERV (Services Empowering Rights of Victims) Support and education for women survivors of domestic violence. Meets Monday 6:30 pm Glassboro call 856-881-3335
Women's Project Groups: Professionally run, Support, education, workshops and groups to help women on subjects such as self-esteem, separation/divorce, domestic violence, employment and stress management. Meetings vary. Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave, Jersey City. Call first Michele 201-795-8375 ex. 8416 (day)
SAFE in Hunterdon: Professionally run, Support group and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Also serves children who are witnesses of domestic violence. Offers a men's compassion therapy program for a fee. Meetings vary, 47E Main Street, Flemington. 908-788-7666 day or 888-099-4033 (24 hour hotline) TTY: 856-954-0100 web site: www.safeinhunterdon.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manavi: South Asian Prof run, Provides emotional support for any South Asian woman (Indian, Pakistan, Bangladishi, Nepali, Sri Lankan) as they work through the effects of abuse. A safe space for women to share personal experiences. Provides a comfortable atmosphere to develop relationships which are trusting and caring. Meetings vary: 3-4:30pm Manavi, New Brunswick. Childcare available. Call 732-435-1414 web site: www.manavi.org eamail: email@example.com
The Next Step: Professionally run, Emotional support for current and former victims of domestic violence (regardless of marital status or sexual orientation). Group explores options and tools to get back control in their lives. Various meeting locations throughout Middlesex County. Call 732-725-1689 (all calls are confidential).
Women Aware, Inc. (Bilingual) Prof run, Support groups, education and advocacy for battered women. Info on emergency shelter and other services. Call 732-249-4504.(Voice/ TTY) 24hr. Legal advocacy, 732-937-9525 day. web site: www.womenaware.net email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc (Bilingual) Prof run, Provides support groups and a safe home for victims or survivors of domestic violence and/or abusive relationships. Spanish-speaking groups available. Children's program services available. Legal advocacy. Call 973-267-4763. Helpline (TTY) 973-285-9095 (24 hr). Also Jersey Center for Non-Violence offers services to assist batterers in stopping abuse and in developing alternative behaviors. Call 973-539-7801 web site: www.jbws.org email email@example.com
Domestic Violence/Parenting Support Group: Prof run. Provides emotional support and networking for women who are or who have been, in domestic violent situations. Educational series, social group, advocacy and guest speakers. Offers parenting classes. Meets Thurs 6-8pm. Senior Citizen Center, 330 A Passaic St, Passaic. Call Miriam 973-365-5740 (day) web site: www.passaicalliance.org
Passaic County Women's Center: Bilingual, Prof run, Support for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Discussion including coping skills, legal issues and parenting skills. Various groups meet weekly in Paterson. Call Tracy Francese 973-881-0725 hot line 24 hr. 973-881-1450
Female Victims and Survivors of Family Violence: Prof run. Support, education and information for women to share with other victims. Meets bi-weekly in a confidential location in Salem. Mens' batterers program also. Call 856-935-6655 (24 hr) TTY: 856-935-7118
Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. Mutual support for survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Meets in Newton. Call 973-875-6369 (24hr) web site: www.dasi.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Protect: Prof run, Provides support to victims of domestic violence. Meetings vary in Cranford. Call 908-355-4357 (24hr)
Women's Domestic Violence Support Group: Prof run, Supportive and confidential environment to help women victims of domestic violence work towards healing. Need prior screening to attend. Educational series. Meets Tues 11:30 Am -1pm Hackettstown. For info on meeting call 908-453-4181 ext 303. TTY 908-453-2553 web site: www.darccwc.org
Batterers Anonymous: National
Self help program for men wish to control their anger and eliminate their abusive behavior toward women. Buddy system. Group development manual (9.95) Write Batterers Anonymous, c/o Dr. Jerry Goffman, 1040 Mt. Vernon Ave, G 306, Colton CA 92324 email: email@example.com
Pathways To Peace Inc.
Self help program for anger management. In addition, offers education assistance with starting groups. Web site: www.pathwaystopeaceinc.com
Abused Guys: Online, Provides support for male victims of domestic violence. Offers online chat room and message forum. Must join the group to post. Web site: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/abusedguys email firstname.lastname@example.org
Battered Husbands Support: Online, founded 1998. Support for men who have been or who are currently being battered by his female or male partner. Offers message boards, chat room and useful links. Web site: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/batteredhusbandssupport
Women's Emotional Abuse Support, online, Founded 1999. Offers mutual support and understanding for victims of verbal abuse. Provides message boards, chat room, links and email group. Web site: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/womansemotionalabusesupport
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The YWCA of Eastern Union County is a non profit organization serving the women, children and families of Union County since 1920. The YWCA EUC's services include a 24 hour hotline, temporary emergency shelter, supportive housing, advocacy, counseling, children's services and legal advocacy, accompanniment and representation.
Empty Place : remembers victims of domestic violence
"An Empty Place at the Table" an event to honor the memory of victims of domestic violence. The event will take place in The Little Theater in the University Center at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave, Union on Oct 26, 2009. The time is 3-8 pm. Lisa Regina is an artist educator who utilizes her skills in acting, writing and directing to create projects that shed light on stories that often go unheard. Regina's non profit organization , A Write to Heal, evolved after Lisa's traumatic assualt on April 2, 2005. Her physical and emotional injuries led the actress to utilize her artistic skills in an alternate way towards healing through the medium of writing and performance. Surviving family member are invited to be involved in their family member's place setting. If you have a loved one who has lost their life to domestic violence and wish to have their lives memorialized, feel free to contact Kris at 908-518-9911.
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