BENEFITING: SAFE IN HUNTERDON INC
ORGANIZER: SAFE IN HUNTERDON INC
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SAFE in Hunterdon was founded in 1978 as part of a grassroots effort to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual violence. Our agency is part of the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women and is the designated domestic and sexual violence program for Hunterdon County. Our agency’s mission is to cultivate safety, empowerment and healing in an alliance with adults, teens, and children who are affected by domestic and sexual violence.
In order to fulfill our mission and in response to community needs, SAFE in Hunterdon operates a variety of programs that provide a comprehensive continuum of care to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Because the safety and future of domestic violence and sexual violence victims is a priority for our agency, our emergency shelter is one of our core services. Our shelter has been available for those needing temporary safe housing since 1990. The Safe House, provides women and their children with safe housing and meals in a confidential location while they work with counseling and case management staff to stabilize their families, develop a safety plan and determine individual goals for their future.
Other agency programs include a 24-hour hotline, domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention teams, legal advocacy and representation, community outreach advocacy teams, financial empowerment program, teen and adult counseling services, children’s creative arts therapy program (PALS), a child counseling program, the Learning Lab which offers therapeutic educational assistance to school age children, and community education and prevention activities.
All of these programs address the critical need of helping victims and survivors of violence and abuse within our community heal from their trauma utilizing a strength-based victim-centered empowerment model, so the devastating long-term physical, psychological and financial costs to the individual as well as the community can be minimized. All programs are offered in an inclusive and culturally-sensitive environment to victims of any gender, race, religion, ethnic background, social-economic status or disability.