On November 13, 2017, Governor Christie signed S3209/A2061 into law, which elevates the act of strangulation in domestic violence cases to aggravated assault. We now join approximately 38 other states who have passed similar legislation to strengthen our response to domestic violence and offender accountability.
To review a copy of the legislation you can click on the link below:
It is with heartfelt sadness, The Women’s Center extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends and community impacted by the mass shooting in San Antonio, Texas. While there is no way to make sense of this tragic violence, we would be remiss if we did not emphasize the correlation between domestic violence and mass shootings.
According to a study done by Everytown for Gun Safety, 54% of mass shootings were committed by perpetrators of domestic violence. This startling statistic raises up flags of concern regarding how easily accessible firearms continue to be to those who have a history of committing domestic violence. Though there may not be a specific characteristic we can look for to predict a person’s capability to commit acts of mass violence, we must acknowledge that individuals who commit crimes of interpersonal violence must be held to stricter legislative laws, and such laws must be enforced. Failure to do so not only heightens the risk to the perpetrator’s intended victim and family, but to our larger community.
The media has reported that the individual who carried out the crime in the San Antonio shooting had a history of domestic violence and child abuse charges. According to reports, these crimes were not properly reported and as a result he was able to legally purchase the weapon he used to kill 26 innocent people and injuring dozens more. This alleged failure to report his crimes to the federal government, which would have prevented him from being permitted to purchase his weapon, is a symptom of the blind eye society too often turns to interpersonal violence.
The Women’s Center implores all members of our community to recognize domestic violence as the volatile crime that it is and to no longer frame it as a “family matter”. Domestic violence knows no boundaries and can happen in any community, in any family, in any setting. We invite anyone who would like to learn more about domestic violence, or about the free and confidential services we provide to those impacted by domestic violence, to contact our 24-hour hotline. A trained counselor is available to answer your questions and provide you with the information you may need to seek safety for yourself, or for someone you know.
The Women’s Center is committed to providing equal treatment to our diverse community with a fully integrated and educated staff. Diversity is our strength and we celebrate it by helping individuals of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, physical abilities and sexual orientations. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects multiple traditions, heritages, and experiences. Our goal is to eliminate discrimination by becoming change agents in the workplace and in the community.
In light of the many allegations that have been brought forward against movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, it has not gone unnoticed the extensive victim-blaming that has been shared by many.
As members of NJCASA, The Women's Center echoes the words written here and we work to provide a save harbor for all marginalized populations in our nation and around the world.
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NEW TEXT HOTLINE for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Individuals...please share!
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GREAT NEWS FROM THE HOME TO WORK PROGRAM...
Funds may be available to help you get the training you need to change your career. Some options include short-term training for high demand careers such as: Administrative Professional, CDL Driver, Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Assistant...or bring us a program of your choice. This assistance is available to Displaced Homemakers: Women who are widowed, divorced, separated, displaced by domestic violence, or their spouse or partner is in the military. For additional information, contact the Home To Work Program at 609.601.9925 ext. 1014.
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HOME TO WORK PROGRAM
Providing free and confidential services to Displaced Homemakers
Displaced homemakers are women who have lost their primary income due to divorce, separation, the death or disability of a spouse or partner, or have been displaced due to domestic violence, and now find themselves as the primary source of household income, having to return to work.
The Women’s Center’s "Home to Work Program" offers the following free and confidential services:
Resume and Cover Letters Computer Training Job Search Assistance Social Services Referrals Interview Practice Career Counseling Professional Clothing Closet Job Club...and more!
Upcoming computer training classes, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Beyond the Introduction, are listed on our training and events calendar. Click on the "training and events" link at the top of this page for registration information.
To find out more about the Home to Work Program and Job Club, call us at 609.601.9925 ext. 1014
This is a Displaced Homemaker Service
HOME TO WORK PROGRAM
PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING CLOSET
Our thrift store closed in 2015, so we are no longer able to accept "drop offs" or the types of general items meant for the thrift store. We are grateful for donations and are able to accept them by appointment, as specified below.
In all sizes, we accept new or gently used, interview-appropriate and professional clothing including: Matching Suits Separates Handbags Shoes Outerwear
All donated items should be in season, in style and in great condition. In order to present our clients with clothing that is ready to wear, we ask that all items be clean, pressed and on hangers; please...not in bags or boxes. For more information and to schedule a drop-off please call 609.601.9925 ext. 1001
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To find out about specific items currently needed for our protective residential shelter, please call our Shelter Manager at 609.601.9925 ext. 1010.
If you or someone you know is a victim/survivor of human trafficking and would like to learn about the free support services available through out New Jersey, please call our 24 hour confidential hotline to speak with a counselor: 1-800-286-4184
To learn more about Human Trafficking and the Dream Catcher program, please click here
CRIMES OF VIOLENCE!
Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.Help change the facts. Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
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The 24:7 Dad Program is a 12 week curriculum facilitated in a group setting designed to improve the well-being of children through involved, responsible, and committed parenting.
All program services are free! For more information, or to sign up, please contact: 609-601-9925 ext. 222.