The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. The AFSC and its Immigrant Rights Program provides legal services and representation for challenging immigration cases. This ensures victims of domestic violence can seek help for legal issues pertaining to their immigration status and as affected by domestic violence.
DREAMS is a therapeutic, creative arts program for children and their parents who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse. The program serves families who live in Essex County, New Jersey and is a post-separation progam; meaning the abusive partner is no longer living in the home. DREAMS provides individual, family, and group therapies as well as case management services, transportation, and childcare when parents are receiving their services.
The first Family Justice Center in New Jersey, Essex County Family Justice Center provides a single location where victims of domestic violence can access comprehensive services to protect themselves and their children from abuse. Currently, 20 government and community-based agencies partner with the Family Justice Center to provide domestic violence victims access to law enforcement professionals and the civil protective process, civil legal and immigration assistance, crisis intervention, safety planning and supportive counseling, emergency food and transportation assistance, and linkages to medical and behavioral health providers. For a full list of onsite service providers please see: www.essexcountyfjc.org/partners
Essex-Newark Legal Services provides free legal assistance to economically disadvantaged New Jersey residents for their civil legal problems. It is a member of Legal Services of New Jersey, which strives to secure substantive and procedural justice for those living in poverty. An Attorney from Essex-Newark Legal Services provides screening and linkages to address civil legal needs through the Family Justice Center.
Located in Newark, My Sister’s Lighthouse Resource Center is a non-profit organization provides information, skills and support to people living in violence. We bring awareness about the effects that domestic violence & sexual abuse has on women and their families.
The New Jersey Crime Victim’s Law Center provides comprehensive legal services, and advocacy, to protect the rights of victims of crimes. It is the first and the oldest pro bono crime victims’ law center in the nation.
Partners for Women and Justice is a not-for-profit public interest law firm that provides free legal assistance to low-income victims and survivors of domestic violence seeking Final Restraining Orders (“FROs”) and related relief. The legal assistance we provide focuses on protection of victims, safe visitation and custody arrangements for their children, and the financial relief allowed under New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act.
A division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey, the Rachel Coalition is a partnership of eight northern New Jersey organizations working together to provide a variety of services to assist victims of domestic violence and those living in high conflict households. Services include counseling, legal assistance, and referrals for shelter.
The Safe House
The lead domestic violence agency in Essex County, The Safe House provides safe, temporary housing for women and children as well as emergency medical treatment; emotional support; short-term counseling to those in crisis and assistance with welfare, child care, vocational and educational referrals; legal advocacy; housing advocacy; help in police and court proceedings, and nutritional meals. The Safe House can be reached at 973-759-2378 and through a 24-hour hotline (973-759-2154).
SAVE of Essex County, a program of Family Service League, is New Jersey’s designated Sexual Violence Center for Essex County. SAVE provides direct services to survivors of sexual violence and their families. These goals are achieved through four services: 24/7 Crisis Hotline 1-877-733-CARE (7723); Medical and Legal Accompaniments; Prevention Education; and Counseling.
Located in Newark’s South Ward, the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center is a multifaceted agency dedicated to providing comprehensive services to meet the needs of women and their families in crisis and transition. The goal of this center is to provide support, care, protection and empowerment for women of all ages, including victims of domestic violence. The Center will provide programs and services facilitated by the City of Newark and community partners.
Wynona’s House is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, victim advocacy and nonprofit professionals work together to investigate child abuse and neglect, help children and non-offending families recover and heal, and hold offenders accountable.