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Community Support Services

Counseling and Case Management

Individual and Group Counseling services respond to the unique and individual needs of domestic violence survivors and are provided free of charge. The needs of program participants vary; some women are still in abusive relationships and are seeking strategies to leave or just to stay safe, others have left and need counseling to deal with the trauma they have experienced, and other may have been out of abusive relationships for many years, but are still dealing with the emotional aftermath. Individual counseling provides a safe space for women to begin to talk about and work through the trauma of domestic violence.

Group Counseling provides an opportunity for women to realize that they are not alone and reduce the isolation they have experienced often created by the abuser to further control the victim.

Case management helps women set goals toward self-sufficiency and independence from their abuser and helps women access community resources for wide-ranging services such as housing options, immigration information, social services, food stamps, legal assistance, child care, and other needed services. Program staff advocates for victims and help them navigate through the various support systems.

All services provide Safety Planning and child care is available. Counseling and Case Management services are provide in both English and Spanish.

For more information, please call (908) 355-1500 ext. 37

Skills Training and Employment Program (STEP)

STEP is a workforce development program designed specifically for victims of domestic violence. The goal of the STEP Program is address the unique issues o such as safety, financial abuse, asset protection, and self-sufficiency. The program provides support in the areas of skills development and employment support.

STEP provides these services through individual supportive coaching, workshops in the areas of financial management and other career planning topics, and the STEP computer lab. This mobile computer lab provides participants access to online employment resources, resume and cover letter creation, and training in using computer programs such as Word, Excel and Outlook. Each client is given a flash drive for document storage to maximize safety. Corporate mentor volunteers are also used in the computer lab and in workshops to share their experience in the workplace.

For more information, please call (908) 355-1500 ext. 18

Court Advocacy

The YWCA Union County’s Court Advocacy Program assists victims understand their legal rights and obtain all the protection available to them, including Temporary and Final Restraining Orders. Court Advocates educate victims on dynamics of abuse, their legal options, provide advocacy, safety planning, resources and referrals to appropriate services. The program also offers court preparation and accompaniment. Services are provided in English and Spanish.

For more information, please call (908) 355-1995 ext. 139 or 120.

Crisis Response Teams (CRT)

Volunteers provide emergency response to victims at the time of an arrest. On call 24 hours a day, volunteers provide victims in crisis with support and information with the goal of helping victims to make informed decisions and access needed services such as shelter, counseling and court advocacy.

For more information, please call (908) 355-1500 x14.

Domestic Violence Liaison

YWCA Union County provides a Liaison between our agency and Union County Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) offices to provide support and advocacy to their clients who are victims of domestic violence. The goal is to assist DCP&P workers with domestic violence assessments to identify abuse, intervention for victims of domestic violence and their children, and to offer guidance about steps need for their protection.