This section highlights work across various parts of the Coalition.
Peace, a Learned Solution (PALS)
Children are severely impacted by the domestic violence they witness at home. Research indicates that children living in a home where abuse is occurring may exhibit serious signs of depression, aggression, poor self esteem, scholastic, and/or social difficulties (regardless of whether or not the child is directly involved in the abuse).
The PALS program is six-month intensive therapy program that exclusively utilizes Creative Arts modalities to assist child witnesses of domestic violence in the healing process. Creative Arts modalities such as Art, Play, Music, Drama, and Dance utilize costumes, face painting, masks, Puppet Theater, and play to assist in the child’s healing. Through creative experiences, a child can express his or her inner world in a way that is natural and non-threatening allowing the child to begin to heal from intense experiences without the re-traumatization of explicitly discussing it.
A crucial element of PALS is staff involvement with the family. As the children work on experiences, the custodial parent works intensively with a PALS therapist and a case manager to address the parent’s own victimization, parenting concerns, and concrete family needs.
Women of Color Task Force
*SAVE THE DATE: WOCTF 30TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON – 10/21/16, 11 AM – 2 PM – THE KENNEDY CENTER*
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The Women of Color Task Force (WOCTF), made up of women of color staff of domestic violence programs throughout New Jersey, was formed to address the unique needs of survivors of color who experience domestic violence in New Jersey. Through advocacy, education, training, and public awareness the WOCTF works to establish equitable and inclusive services and resources for survivors of color.
The WOCTF focuses on identifying gaps in services to survivors as well as ways to address the unique needs of racially and ethnically marginalized survivors of domestic violence. The WOCTF also assists programs in the development of services that are responsive to the needs of survivors of color to create more inclusive environments for domestic violence victims of color.
To assist domestic violence programs in their efforts to become more culturally competent, the Task Force made recommendations that led to the development of the NJCBW Inclusion and Access Plan, a strategic plan that includes activities and a suggested timeline for implementation. The Task Force provides ongoing recommendations for training and technical assistance to cultivate cultural change in domestic violence programs.
The WOCTF continues to be engaged in activities designed to establish equitable and inclusive services and resources for survivors and communities of color.
Deaf Advocacy Project
Women with disabilities and Deaf women have a 40% greater chance of being abused than non-disabled peers. Studies also suggest that women with disabilities and Deaf women experience abuse for longer periods of time and by more perpetrators. Womanspace has partnered with NJCEDV and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault to begin the Deaf Advocacy Project in which Deaf volunteers will be trained on how to respond to victims of abuse. The project will also help identify gaps in services for Deaf survivors and survivors with disabilities, develop a statewide plan for addressing identified gaps, and provide technical assistance and training to NJCEDV member programs and the Deaf and disability communities on the intersection of violence and Deaf/Disabled.
This project is currently being piloted in Mercer County and hopes to become a statewide initiative in two years. To learn more about the project or to help make this initiative statewide click here.
Statewide Funding Advocacy
The Governor’s state budget in 2014 allocated an additional $1.84 million to domestic violence service providers throughout the state of New Jersey. This additional money was used to help programs increase staff salaries and fringe benefits, maintain essential service programs, as well as expand their program’s capacity by hiring additional personnel. With these additions, domestic violence service providers were able to reach more domestic violence survivors and provide them with the services that they need.
While this funding provided key financial support that domestic violence service providers needed, the Governor’s proposed 2016 budget did not specifically include the additional $1.84 million.
It was essential that domestic violence programs received the additional funding from the state budget as all of the increased funding allocated towards domestic violence service providers. NJCEDV and domestic violence service providers throughout the state came together to advocate for domestic violence services throughout all 21 counties and with this increased advocacy were able to secure the additional funding in the state budget.
This additional funding will help increase programs’ capacity to provide services to domestic violence survivors and their children as well as towards educating the community on domestic violence.