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The Office of Domestic Violence Services (ODVS) funds 23 domestic violence programs and the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence. There is at least one DCF-funded domestic violence program in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

Core Services:

  • 24-hour hotline
  • 24-hour access to a confidential safe house
  • Counseling, support services, and advocacy for victims and children
  • Legal, financial, and housing advocacy
  • Community education and networking

Service Types: 

  • Certification
  • Children’s Services
  • Culturally Specific Services
  • Intervention Services
  • Legal Services
  • Special Initiatives


Children’s Services
ODVS supports services for children and youth who have been exposed to domestic violence. Children with exposure are at an increased risk of abuse (physical, sexual, etc.), emotional and behavioral challenges, and subsequent exposure to trauma and other adverse life experiences.

Services include Peace: A Learned Solution (PALS) Program and Trauma Treatment and Supportive Services.


Peace: A Learned Solution (PALS) Program:

Peace: A Learned Solution (PALS) is a research-based program for victims of domestic violence. PALS uses an intensive therapeutic treatment program model with creative arts therapies such as art, dance movement, and drama for children four to twelve who have been exposed to domestic violence. The program aims to reduce trauma effects for children, provides supportive services for their non-offending parent, and addresses parenting issues unique to families who have experienced domestic violence. The PALS program is available in 11 New Jersey counties. To find a PALS programs, click on the related link to view DFCP/ DOW's Community Program Directory.

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and their caregivers. It supports healing in the aftermath of many traumatic experiences. Therapy involves a combination of individual child and parent sessions and conjoint parent-child sessions. TF-CBT helps children overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, feelings of shame, and behavioral difficulties, while supporting children’s coping and resiliency. For caregivers, the services help overcome trauma-related distress and depression, while enhancing caregivers’ skills in coping, communicating, and parenting.

TF-CBT is available in six counties: Cumberland, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Morris and Somerset.

Legal Services

Legal Services of New Jersey and Central Jersey Legal Services
New Jersey Legal Services assists victims who cannot afford legal advice and/or representation. Assistance includes referral, advice, brief assistance, preparation of a letter or routine legal document, extended representation, and technical assistance. The program also offers training to domestic violence legal advocates, programs, attorneys and others.

Legal Services of New Jersey Domestic Violence Representation Project:
(888) LSNJ-LAW (888) 576-5529 
Central Jersey Legal Services (908) 354-4340

Intervention Services

Batterers Intervention
Batterers Intervention Program (BIP) provides services to individuals who perpetrate domestic violence in households with children. It seeks to reduce or eliminate the risk posed by batterers, increase household safety, and set clear boundaries to prevent future violence. The program is available in Sussex, Morris, Burlington, Monmouth, and Atlantic counties.

Domestic Violence Liaisons
When child abuse and domestic violence co-occur, Domestic Violence Liaisons seek to strengthen and enhance service coordination between New Jersey's child welfare and domestic violence services. This partnership among DCF, the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, and local county-based DCF-funded domestic violence agencies strives to improve safety and outcomes for women and children.

Culturally Specific Services

Bolo Behen (Speak Sister)
Bolo Behen works with different faith-based leaders throughout Hudson County, collaborating with leaders of temples, mosques, Islamic centers, Gurudwaras, and more.

Bolo Behen facilitates groups called Community Chai where women can come and express their problems and concerns openly, comfortably, and without fear. People listen to each other’s story and offer support. Services are based on a holistic approach that addresses the large range of client needs. Using culturally and linguistically appropriate methods, Bolo Behen builds trust with clients and creates an environment where South Asian women feel safe, respected, and understood.

24/7 Bilingual Hotline: (201) 795-5757

Project S.A.R.A.H (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home)
Project S.A.R.A.H. is a program that works to overcome cultural, legal, and religious barriers confronting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Project S.A.R.A.H. operates within an environment that is sensitive to a victim’s cultural and religious needs, serving as a bridge between abuse victims in the Orthodox community and support systems and resources. Project S.A.R.A.H. works closely with rabbis and rebbetzins, kallah teachers and mikvah attendants, camp directors and school administrators, parents, and the general public to keep the community safe for everyone. The program provides therapeutic interventions that enable victims to process the often unspeakable trauma they experienced and restore them toward fully functional and productive lives. Project S.A.R.A.H. connects victims and survivors with a broad array of services, including pro bono legal consultations, evaluations, individual and group therapy, psychiatric services, as well as emotional, financial and vocational support.

Confidential Hotline: (973) 777-7638.

Special Initiatives

Address Confidentiality Program
The New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) assists individuals who, as a result of domestic violence, have relocated for their safety. This program limits the access to personal information that would reveal the new location of an ACP participant. ACP provides eligible victims of domestic violence with a substitute address that has no connection to their actual location. This substitute mailing address may be used when creating a new record with state or local government agencies.

New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) Hotline 1 (877) 218-9133 Toll Free-Non-Emergency
The New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program Hotline provides services including – but not limited to – access to domestic violence information and referral services, including application procedures, and advocacy.

Safety and Accountability Assessment
The Safety and Accountability Assessment framework is used by professional and advocacy organizations that partner and strive to improve the safety and accountability of interventions in cases where individuals experience violence. The assessment addresses an institution’s ability to recognize or address the needs of people experiencing violence. Examples of these systematic barriers  include unequal access to services, gender stereotypes, lack of coordination, and contradictory policies and practices. The Safety Assessment is designed to allow an interagency team to discover how problems are produced in the structure of case processing and management, identify available resources, and implement solutions.

This analysis evaluates the process by which systems investigate, prosecute, and provide services while addressing the safety of victims and offender accountability at multiple levels. This team maintains responsibility for completing the Assessment process, making recommendations for improvement, and acting as ambassadors for implementation of those recommendations.

The process involves examining whether institutional policies and practices enhance the safety and well-being of victims of violence against women, as well as enforce perpetrator accountability. The Safety Assessment does not assess individual effectiveness or actions. An Assessment involves mapping the system, interviewing and observing workers, analyzing paperwork and other texts generated in the handling of domestic violence-related cases. Recommendations coming out of an Assessment process are directed toward institutional changes that will enhance victim safety and well-being and perpetrator accountability.


Violence Against Women Certificate Program
The Violence Against Women Certificate (VAWC) Program is a partnership between DCF and Rutgers University, School of Social Work. VAWC complements the Domestic Violence Liaison initiative, by providing advanced practice training for staff with a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for working with families where domestic violence occurs. The program further develops DCF's capacity to employ best practices when addressing family violence.

Contact Information

To find domestic violence resources by county, click on the related link to view DFCP/DOW's Community Program Directory.       

For more information, contact DOW at or at 609-888-7164.