Dear community members and partners,
We wanted to take a moment to update you on JBWS’ interim plan in response to COVID-19 as we prioritize the safety and well being of our staff and the survivors we serve. We know that during times of crisis, and especially forced isolation, incidents of domestic violence often rise and violence may escalate. During this time, it is even more critical that we ensure continuity of services for survivors.
We are continuing to offer services as follows:
1. Our helpline is still available 24/7 at 1-877-R-U-ABUSED.
2. Our safe house and transitional residential programs will remain open.
3. Our JBWS counseling, legal advocacy and crisis response team programs for community members will continue through remote options. We are committed to ensuring these services remain safe and confidential.
4. Our Morris Family Justice Center will be closed but services will continue remotely.
5. All volunteer shifts have been cancelled for now, to ensure the safety of our volunteers.
6. We are restricting visitors and are not accepting any donated goods at this time but may have a targeted request for supplies in the coming weeks.
7. Look for updated event information on website.
JBWS is here for you. Our confidential services welcome all survivors of abuse regardless of severity of the abuse, marital status, income, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The comprehensive, professionally staffed programs serve anyone who lives or works in Morris County, NJ primarily. Habamos Español. Interpreters are available.
We offer safety, support and solutions for abuse for survivors, users of abuse and their children, friends, and family members.
Professionals, friends and family members planning to make a referral to JBWS for services are welcome to speak first with a JBWS counselor to get more information about the person’s options.
1.877.R.U.ABUSED or 1.877.782.2873 Hablamos Espanol Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text 973.314.4192
Trained staff and volunteers are ready to provide information, assist with safety planning or just listen and provide support. The helpline service is confidential and callers can remain anonymous. Friends, family members of victims, and other professionals are encouraged to call to learn more about how they can help. For access to the emergency safe house or any of the JBWS counseling programs, please call the helpline for assistance
Arbour House is JBWS’ safe home. Here, we provide temporary housing for adults and children who need a safe place to stay. Arbour House is beautiful, large, warm, and comfortable. But most of all, it is secure. Protection from the abuse is the primary reason why people come to our safe home.
Adults and their children stay in private bedrooms and share the living room and kitchen areas with other families. Adults without children are welcome. People who come to Arbour House continue their daily activities, such as supervising their children, shopping for food, preparing meals, and can continue going to work. Individual and group counseling, housing, case management financial and legal resource referrals are available. The typical stay in the safe home is two months.
If you or someone you know is in danger and may need to come to the Arbour House, please call our 24-hour helpline: 1-877-782-2873 or 1-877-R-U-ABUSED.
When the stay at the safe home is not long enough to overcome the obstacles of abuse and live independently, the next step is in the JBWS Simon House, a transitional living and resource center with 11 fully furnished apartments. Here, counselors provide individual counseling, case management, life skills and financial education, assistance finding permanent housing, vocational development, and services for children.
JBWS legal advocates are available to support those in need of legal protection and can meet with them at the Superior Courthouse in Morristown or at the JBWS-led Morris Family Justice Center (MFJC). Spanish speaking staff are available as well as interpreters.
Legal advocates can:
- Share information about the dynamics of abuse, legal options, and reliefs available through court orders
- Support clients in filing for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Final Restraining Order (FRO), as well as Dismissals of Restraining Orders
- Assist victims throughout the restraining order process and provide support in family court
- Provide access to a list of attorneys that provide pro bono services
- Assist with safety planning
To learn more about our legal assistance and the MFJC’s complete list of services and walk-in hours, go to www.morrisfjc.org.
Crisis Response Teams
In case of an emergency, call 911. The police can provide valuable assistance and immediate access to a member of the local Crisis Response Team. A Crisis Response Team member, trained by JBWS, can come to the police department to provide emotional support, information, referrals, and help with safety planning and applying for a temporary restraining order.
CENTER FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
This is JBWS’ safe place to explore difficult relationships. Our specialized, confidential counseling programs are designed to support adults, adolescents, and children impacted by abuse. Call the helpline (1-877-R-U-ABUSED) to explore which service is best for you.
Adult Counseling Services
Individualized Support and Safety Planning
Talking with a professionally trained counselor can help to sort out the problems caused by the abuse. This program provides individual support to help the person connect to resources and to understand the dynamics of abuse.
Specialized Support Groups
Customized support groups are offered at various times throughout the week in English and Spanish. The groups are facilitated by professional counselors and provide the opportunity to learn from others, restore self-confidence and self-esteem, reduce feelings of isolation, gain knowledge of one’s rights and options, and develop safety plans.
Child & Adolescent Services
Children and adolescents exposed to violence participate in services to help them sort through conflicting feelings of anger, sadness, fear, and love. This program strives to reduce risk factors connected to childhood exposure to domestic violence and to break the intergenerational cycle of abuse. It provides an opportunity to help the children heal, build coping skills, express feelings, improve conflict resolution skills and understand healthy relationships. Additional services include parental support, advocacy, information and referral, recreational activities, holiday fun and special events. Children range from age three to eighteen.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In this evidence-based model, trauma experienced by children is addressed gradually and in a supportive environment. Services are provided by professionally training counselors and applied in a safe setting with children up to age 18 and their caregiver.
Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Counseling
One in 3 teens will experience dating abuse. Counselors help teens and young adults to identify types of abuse, provide emotional support and safety planning, and help them to identify warning signs of abusive relationships.
JBWS offers counseling for both teen victims and for teens that use force in relationships. The services are free and confidential.
When an adolescent or young adult is involved in an abusive relationship, parents can play an important role in supporting them and keeping them safe. To learn how you can help, call the 24-hour helpline and ask to speak to a counselor.
School personnel and professionals are encouraged to call JBWS to learn more about how to address dating abuse and make referrals. Resources on Teen Dating Violence for School Personnel and Counselors. Please call call the 24-hour helpline at 1-877-R-U-ABUSED for a referral to a counselor.
MORRIS FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER
The JBWS-led Center provides supportive services and legal resources through a collaboration of partner agencies (Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, County of Morris, Morris CARES, Morris County Superior Court, Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs, Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Morris County Bar Association) in ONE place. Professional staff will work together to coordinate services. The family justice center model is recognized as best practice in the field of domestic violence by the U.S. Department of Justice.
For more information about the JBWS-led Morris Family Justice Center, its location, and how to access its services, please visit morrisfjc.org or call 973-829-4050. Habamos Español. Interpreters are available.
JERSEY CENTER FOR NON-VIOLENCE
JBWS offers confidential group counseling services for people to examine their use of control, force, and/or abuse within intimate relationships and to learn alternatives. Initially, participants meet privately with a professional counselor. From there, they join one of the many groups held throughout the week. By hearing the perspectives of others, as well as the insight from facilitators, participants begin to develop a new personal outlook. Discussions cover the identification of forceful behavior and abuse and the motivations for using it as well as anger management, healthy boundaries, impact on child witnesses to abuse, parenting and more. To learn more about our customized group counseling curricula, call 973-539-7801.