Domestic violence is a significant public health problem with serious consequences for victims, families, and communities. More than 74 million women and men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner at some time during their lifetime. Women are disproportionately affected by domestic violence with nearly one in five women living in New Jersey reporting an experience of violence that caused them to be afraid or concerned for their safety.
In the spring of 2009, NJCEDV became part of the DELTA PREP Project. Aimed at primary prevention, DELTA PREP offered our coalition an opportunity to approach domestic violence work in a new way. We are proud to say that prevention is now a foundational part of our work, strengthening our position to lead state and community domestic violence prevention efforts in New Jersey.
NJCEDV knows that a coordinated preventive community response is critical to changing societal attitudes and current community strategies for addressing domestic violence. We at NJCEDV believe that we must move towards creating healthy, safe communities and in order to do that, we are committed to the primary prevention of violence — stopping it before it starts.
We believe that domestic violence is preventable. With our knowledgeable staff and strategic partnerships, we will continue to facilitate domestic violence prevention at the state and local levels and provide leadership for New Jersey’s efforts to stop violence before it starts.
Be sure to check back for NJCEDV’s prevention tools and resources coming soon!