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Domestic Abuse Programs & Services

We have a comprehensive menu of services that address the multiple needs experienced by victims of domestic abuse and violence. These include housing, therapy, case management, legal advocacy, crisis response, and information and referral. This support helps them to gain resources and knowledge, which ultimately leads to healing, as well as greater safety and feelings of empowerment.

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About Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is a pervasive social problem that crosses all ethnic, racial, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic lines. It is a pattern of abusive behaviors committed by one member of an intimate relationship that controls or dominates the other individual. Domestic violence may be psychological, sexual, economic, or physical in nature and the lives of victims are deeply affected by unequal power relationships with their partners. It is a relationship strategy based on a systematic pattern of coercive control. It is done almost exclusively within intimate partner relationships by individuals who have the ability to be respectful to others. It is not an anger management issue or the result of substance abuse, mental illness, or other possible rationales; it is a desire for power and control over the victim and a choice to act in ways that achieve this goal.

Prevention in the Community

We go into the community to educate people, and especially our young people, to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship and to promote healthy, respectful, and nonviolent relationships. We teach young people healthy relationship skills such as communication, effectively managing feelings, and problem-solving. These skills can stop violence in dating relationships before it occurs. We also teach people how to help others that they believe are in an abusive situation.

Changing Battering Behaviors

We also help victims by going to the source of the abuse. Research finds that perpetrating abuse is a learned behavior, and thus can be changed. The primary goal is for batterers to change their belief system, which is that they have the right to abuse someone. Our Batterers Intervention Programs, in coordination with other systems, hold them accountable for their actions and do not tolerate blaming others or thinking of themselves as victims.

Safety Planning

Safety planning for someone involved in an abusive relationship is a necessary and important step. Planning can be used while you are still with your abuser or after the relationship has ended. While still in an abusive relationship, your safety is of primary importance.

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Success Stories

We Have Helped Thousands of People

We have helped thousands of people in all of the communities that we support. Read through their stories and how their lives have changed for the better.

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Volunteering Opportunities

NJAC’s programs are ll in need of your support. Our Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault programs are dependent on volunteer participation and we offer regularly scheduled training opportunities.

Financial contributions, as well as product donations, are always welcome. Whether you are able to give of your time or resources, this is a place for you at NJAC.

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