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Transforming care for survivors and families

By bringing together county services for victim-survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault under one roof, the Middlesex County Family Justice Center offers help, hope, and healing in one easily-accessible, safe, supportive space.

The Family Justice Center model is a coordinated, single point-of-access center offering comprehensive services for victim-survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault under one roof. It was created by the Alliance for HOPE International. The model has been identified as a best practice in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention. It has been proven to radically improve family safety as well as offender accountability by bringing support and resources for victim-survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault under one roof. Anyone seeking services can make one appointment and meet with multiple service providers at the Family Justice Center. A victim-survivor only has to tell their story once. The Center’s goal is to eliminate barriers, enhance access to services, and improve safety and confidentiality for victim-survivors and their families.

Partners

Lead Partner

LEAD PARTNER

Women Aware
Women Aware is the state-designated lead domestic violence agency for Middlesex County, New Jersey. For over 42 years, Women Aware has been providing comprehensive services for victim-survivors of domestic violence and their children. Services include: a 24-hour multilingual hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, children’s trauma reduction therapy, support groups, case management, and community outreach. Women Aware promotes the safety and privacy of survivors and links them with appropriate resources.
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American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization, has promoted lasting peace and social justice in the U.S. and abroad for over 100 years. From the time of its founding in 1917, AFSC has worked with war refugees and displaced persons worldwide. Today, AFSC engages with immigrant and refugee communities, policymakers, and other allied groups across the U.S. to achieve policies that respect the rights and dignity of all immigrants, including a fair and humane national immigration policy. AFSC has worked in New Jersey since the 1990s, actively engaging in community organizing to ensure that immigrant voices are heard and providing legal services to those in need. The AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program works with immigrants and families from throughout the state. Clients and constituents are immigrants and immigrant families from over 54 countries who either reside in or are detained in New Jersey. Clients of the legal services program are all low-income, with a high percentage living at 250% of the federal poverty level or below. AFSC is staffed by a talented group of multilingual lawyers, legal assistants and organizers. For over 25 years, AFSC has been the primary service provider in New Jersey offering legal representation in immigration cases to indigent survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. AFSC staff receive regular training and are recognized for their expertise in working with this population in their immigration cases.
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A Partnership for Change
A Partnership for Change (APFC) is dedicated to ending intimate partner violence through the provision of education and outreach programs that reach adults and teens. We also provide crisis intervention and referrals to victim-survivors who come forward for support within our programs.
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Central Jersey Legal Services
Central Jersey Legal Services (CJLS) provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Middlesex, Union, and Mercer Counties in New Jersey in civil matters. CJLS represents survivors of domestic violence in restraining orders, immigration, child support, child custody, and divorce. The firm also assists people with landlord-tenant court, consumer matters, bankruptcy, public benefits including SSI, SNAP (Food Stamps), Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid. In addition, CJLS enlists volunteer attorneys to assist clients with other matters like expungements, guardianships, and tort defense.
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Coming Home of Middlesex County
Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization that came into its own in 2012 with some seed funding from Middlesex County. It works collaboratively to (i) build a system in the County that ends homelessness by matching available resources with identified needs, and (ii) as a catalyst for the creation and development of resources identified as lacking. It is doing this in collaboration with many partners, including municipalities, county government, affordable housing developers and health care and social service providers. Together, they work to prevent homelessness and to re-house people as quickly as possible, and connect them to the resources they need to reach their goals and their particular level of self-sufficiency. They co-chair the County Housing Continuum of Care; administer the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for the County; run the collaboratively developed Coordinated Entry System that guarantees that the neediest in the County get served first; conduct community-based case management for homeless persons not in shelters; partner with affordable housing developers to create affordable housing and partner with Barnabas/RWJUH and St. Peter’s Hospital to address the social determinants of health of the high utilizers of the hospitals’ emergency rooms. Victim-survivors fleeing domestic violence in their homes are referred to Coming Home to secure safe and affordable housing.
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Dress for Success Central New Jersey
Dress for Success Central New Jersey (DFSCNJ) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers women and girls across our region to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women and girls thrive in work and in life. DFSCNJ offers an innovative continuum of job readiness and development programs that enable women to progress from unemployment and poverty to sustained employment and financial stability.
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Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County
Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) is a multi-service nonprofit agency serving all members of the community without regard to race, ethnic origin or religion. For more than 50 years, JFS has been committed to helping individuals and families in need realize an improved life experience at home, in the workplace, and in the community by providing effective social services, counseling and advocacy. JFS supports victim-survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking by working closely with Women Aware and other community partners.
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Manavi
Manavi Inc. is a New Jersey-based South Asian non-profit organization dedicated to ending all forms of gender-based violence against South Asian survivors in New Jersey. Founded in 1985, Manavi was the first organization in the United States to address the unmet needs of South Asian survivors affected by violence. Manavi provides culturally specific and linguistically appropriate services including, counseling, advocacy, 24-hour multilingual hotline, legal advocacy, economic empowerment, transitional home, community outreach and more. Manavi strives to address both the immediate needs of survivors as well as working towards establishing communities free from gender-based violence.
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County of Middlesex

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County of Middlesex
County of Middlesex is a municipal corporation of the State of New Jersey. The county is home to over 825,062 residents, making Middlesex the second most populated county in the state. Thousands of residents from a diverse array of cultures are attracted each year to its 25 unique municipalities, a mix of small towns, urban centers and rural communities.
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Middlesex County Office of Human Services

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Middlesex County Office of Human Services
The Middlesex County Office of Human Services, a division of Middlesex County, is responsible for the coordination of comprehensive social services for Middlesex County residents. The Office administers and monitors funds related to Human Services, including Federal, State and County appropriations. The Office of Human Services conducts planning activities designed to identify the social service needs of the residents of Middlesex County, and provides coordination and referral services to organizations and individuals. Additionally, the Office of Human Services acts as staff liaison to various volunteer advisory boards, councils and commissions. The Office supports victims of domestic violence by providing funding and referrals to the lead domestic violence agency, Women Aware.
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Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

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Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, a division of Middlesex County, has an obligation to investigate crimes, authorize arrests, and is responsible for obtaining indictments and prosecuting criminal cases through trial. The Prosecutor has a duty to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and New Jersey in order to protect and preserve the rights of all citizens, including suspects, defendants, victims and witnesses. In addition, the Prosecutor works in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; as well as the citizens and members of the County’s diverse communities. The mission of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is to ensure public safety and security through the professional investigation of crime and aggressive prosecution of the criminals responsible, while preserving the rights of all victims, witnesses, and accused.
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Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Advocacy Center
The Victim Advocacy Center operates within the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office, a division of Middlesex County, has an obligation to investigate crimes, authorize arrests, and is responsible for obtaining indictments and prosecuting criminal cases through trial. The Prosecutor has a duty to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and New Jersey in order to protect and preserve the rights of all citizens, including suspects, defendants, victims and witnesses. In addition, the Prosecutor works in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; as well as the citizens and members of the County’s diverse communities. The mission of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is to ensure public safety and security through the professional investigation of crime and aggressive prosecution of the criminals responsible, while preserving the rights of all victims, witnesses, and accused.
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Middlesex County Center for Empowerment

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Middlesex County Center for Empowerment
The Middlesex County Center for Empowerment (The Center), a division of Middlesex County, is the state-designated sexual violence program for Middlesex County. They strive to support and empower survivors and significant others affected by sexual violence, and to help eliminate all forms of sexual violence through community awareness and education. The Center works closely with the state designated domestic violence agency for Middlesex County, Women Aware, on cases where sexual violence and domestic violence co-occur.
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Middlesex County Board of Social Services

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Middlesex County Board of Social Services
The mission of the Middlesex County Board of Social Services (MCBSS) is to administer Federal and State public assistance programs in a competent, compassionate and efficient manner through the prudent use of public funds. Programs include Medical Assistance Programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (WFNJ/GA), Food Stamps (SNAP), Emergency Assistance Services, Child Support and Paternity Program, Refugee Resettlement, Board and Care Services and Investigative Department. Emergency Assistance (EA) is a supportive program for applicants or recipients of WFNJ/GA, TANF or SSI. One feature of the Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) GA and TANF programs is the availability of the Family Violence Option Program (FVO). The objective of the FVO is to safely facilitate employment and self-sufficiency for TANF/GA applicants/recipients who are past or present victim-survivors of, or at risk of, family violence. Through FVO, TANF/GA applicants and recipients, who are at risk, are identified and provided access to counseling and supportive services. In addition, FVO grants temporary waivers for certain WFNJ program requirements so they are not placed at further risk of violence while cooperating with the WFNJ program.
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Middlesex County Family Court
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NJ DCF Division of Child Permanency & Protection (DCP&P)
The vision of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is that all residents be safe, healthy, and connected. Through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P), DCF works to preserve the safety of children and the stability of families, by investigating reported incidents of abuse and neglect when necessary and linking families to important services and supports provided through a robust network of community service providers, including DCF-funded: domestic violence agencies; supports for displaced homemakers, and programs and services through the Children’s System of Care, for children and youth with behavioral health challenges and/or with intellectual and developmental disabilities.The division’s primary goal is always to keep children safely together with their families, intact as a family unit. When out-of-home placement is necessary to address the immediate safety of the child, the Division prioritizes placement with kinship caregivers to maintain a sense of connection to family traditions and community relationships.The NJ DCF Division of Child Protection and Permanency maintains offices in every county in New Jersey, including three local offices in Middlesex County and one Area Office that also supports local offices in Union County. Working collaboratively with the DCF's other divisions and offices, CP&P connects to a larger continuum of holistic support for the entire family: from safety and protection to wellness and upstream prevention programs that build resilience and help families thrive.To report child abuse and neglect, call the Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Registry) at 1-877-652-2873 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
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Partners (formerly Partners for Women and Justice)
Partners is a non-profit that passionately advocates for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, helping them rebuild their lives to be free from harm and fear. They are a team of advocates, staff attorneys, and volunteer lawyers, supporting survivors and their decisions with the tools and knowledge to help them speak their truths, secure justice, and rebuild their lives. Partners is committed to an inclusive culture and equitable actions, working with our communities to support equal access to justice and safety. Partners provides free legal advice and representation by staff and volunteer attorneys in domestic violence, sexual assault, and related family law matters primarily for individuals and families in Essex, Union, Middlesex, Passaic, and Hudson counties of northern New Jersey. Their services focus on family court proceedings involving restraining orders, child support, visitation and custody. They also represent survivors of sexual assault seeking protective orders under the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act (SASPA).
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Town Clock CDC
Town Clock Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, provides permanent, affordable, safe housing and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
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Accessibility

Accessibility

The Middlesex County Family Justice Center is located on the 4th floor of 100 Bayard Street in the heart of downtown New Brunswick, NJ, between Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Kirkpatrick Street. Easily accessible by foot, bus or car, the Middlesex County FJC is just one block from Family Court. Walk-ins are welcome with staff onsite Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Women Aware 24/7 | Hotline 732-249-4504| Toll-free 833-249-4504 | We welcome relay calls.

Women Aware offers case management in more than 7 in-house languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and American Sign Language. Staff also use a language line to actively communicate with victims in over 200 languages.