Back in April, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund awarded a $157,000 grant to 180 Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth County-based organization that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. This grant allowed the organization to provide support in the form of mental health services, including group and individual counseling sessions, to over 400 families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
On October 10th, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Mrs. Christie joined officials from Verizon, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women (NJCBW), at 180 Turning Lives Around in Hazlet, NJ to announce a new partnership to address domestic violence. The partnership seeks to increase public awareness of domestic violence programs and services, especially among those most affected by Superstorm Sandy; the NJCBW's plans include improving its website and developing domestic violence awareness and prevention brochures, as well as producing a public service announcement featuring Mrs. Christie that serves to promote New Jersey's domestic violence services for victims, survivors, and their families. These efforts are being funded through a $30,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, and an additional $30,000 grant from Verizon Wireless Hopeline.