We are here to help you.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911

To request counseling, shelter, and all other services
please call our 24/7 helpline:

201-333-5700

You can stop by our Jersey City location:

270 Fairmount Avenue

Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm, No Appointment needed


What is Domestic Violence?

 

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in which one person gains and maintains power and control over another person in the relationship. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence.

Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; living together, separating, dating or related.

There are many forms of abuse used to gain and maintain power and control over another person such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse and financial abuse. Some tactics used to gain and maintain power and control over another person are; threats of violence, pushing, slapping, pinching, biting, punching, kicking, strangling, sexual assaults, name calling, isolation, intimidation, breaking one self-esteem down, withholding money, stalkingetc ...

If you are a victim of domestic violence please know that you are not alone, it is not your fault and help is available.

 

How can you help a loved one?

 

You may have a friend, relative, or neighbor who is being abused. You may have witnessed the violence, heard it, seen physical signs of it, or merely suspected it for various reasons.  What should you do?

 
 

> Ask direct questions, gently. Give her ample opportunity to talk.  Don’t run into providing solutions.

> Listen without judging. Abused women often believe their abusers’ negative messages.  They feel responsible, ashamed, inadequate, and are afraid they will be judged.

> Let her know that you support and care about her, that she’s not responsible for the violence, that only the abuser can stop the violence.

Explain that physical violence in a relationship is never acceptable, at any time.  There is no excuse for it: not alcohol or drugs, not financial pressures, not depression, not jealousy.

> Make sure she knows that she’s not alone: that millions of American women from every ethnic, racial, and economic group suffer from abuse, and that many women find it difficult to leave.

> Also explain that domestic violence is a crime: as much of a crime as robbery or rape, and that she can seek protection through the justice system.

> If she has children, reinforce her concern for them, letting her know that this is damaging to children.  In fact, you may want to reach out to support her children, and let them know you’re there for them too.

> Let her know that it is likely that, in spite of his promises, the violence will continue, and probably, escalate.

Emphasize that when she is ready, she can make a choice to leave the relationship, and that there is help available.

Provide her with information about local resources: the phone number of the local domestic violence hotline, support groups, counseling, shelter programs, and legal advocacy services.

> She may need financial assistance, or help finding a place to live, or a place to store her belongings.  She may need assistance to escape. Decide if you feel comfortable helping out in these ways.

> If she is planning to leave, remind her to take important papers with her, such as birth certificates, passports, health insurance documents, etc.

> If she remains in the relationship, continue to be her friend while at the same time firmly communicating to her that she and her children do not deserve to be in this violent situation.

> If you see or hear an assault in progress, call the police. Because these assaults are often dangerous, do not physically intervene.

 


WomenRising DV Support Group Schedule

 

Mondays

When: 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Jersey City - For more information, call: 201-333-5700

Childcare Provided

 

Tuesdays

Spanish Speaking

When: 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Jersey City - For more information, call: 201-333-5700

Childcare Provided

 

Wednesdays

When: 3:30-4:30pm

Where: Jersey City - For more information, call: 201-333-5700

No Childcare Provided

 

When: 7:00-8:00pm

Where: Bayonne - For more information, call: 201-333-5700

No Childcare Provided

 

Thursdays

Spanish Speaking

When: 3:30-4:30pm

Where: Jersey City - For more information, call: 201-333-5700

Childcare Provided

 

Spanish Speaking

When: 7:00-8:00pm

Where: For more information, call: 201-333-5700


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270 Fairmount Avenue

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