Domestic Violence Advocacy and Counseling
Each year thousands of women become victims of domestic violence. Approximately five million women are physically assaulted or raped each year, while domestic violence leads to other dangerous situations such as stalking.* In New Jersey, Camden County has the highest number of reported domestic violence offenses in the entire state.** The statistics are frightening. Violence against women spans all economic, racial, religious, and age divides.
Domestic violence victims often need services that go beyond counseling, treatment, and/or advocacy related to the trauma they’ve experienced. Survivors tend to need assistance with emergency housing, transportation, employment services, child care, health insurance, legal representation, immigration/citizenship services, home energy assistance, substance use disorder, and/or mental health treatment – to name a few examples – in order to stabilize their living situation and empower themselves towards self-sufficiency.
For years, the Hispanic Family Center has been providing bilingual, domestic violence advocacy and counseling services to victims of domestic violence through its Proyecto Apoyo (Project Support) program. Since its inception, Proyecto Apoyo has increased awareness of domestic violence, its prevalence, nature and impact; providing avenues for victims and their children to seek assistance, and provide “wrap-around” resources that promote dignity, empower, and encourage self-sufficiency.
In addition to our counseling component, our Domestic Violence program is able to fill a gap that is witnessed daily in our client population: providing legal advocacy in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner while supporting victims through the turmoil of their legal proceedings by way of a Legal Advocate. The Legal advocate assists victims in gaining access to lawyers with specializations in matters concerning restraining orders, child custody (family court), as well as applying for U and T visas (immigration).
Services are available Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., or by appointment. For more information please contact (856) 964-4692.
Outreach Worker for DV:
*Kanani, Rahim. (2012). [Interview with Susan Carbon, Department of Justice Director on Violence Against Women]. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahimkanani/2012/03/08/doj-director-on-violence-against-women-in-the-united-states/
**New Jersey State Police. (2011). Twenty-Ninth Annual Domestic Violence Offense Report. Retrieved from: http://www.njsp.org/info/ucr2011/pdf/2011_domestic_violence.pdf