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Guns and Abuse (it Happens to Famous People Too)

Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre: “My sister had this knife in front of my mother and he said put the knife down. And she wouldn’t do it. And he started reaching into the drawer for the gun. And I went around and I grabbed the knife out of my sister’s hand, and I...

Breaking the Bad is Good

“It was almost 25 years ago when I found myself in harm’s way and in desperate need to escape a violent relationship that I had endured for far too long. For some time I had known that if I was going to live, the marriage would have to end. During that last beating,...

The Many Ways We Help – Diane’s Path To Self Sufficiency

Diane came to the Center for Hope and Safety’ Project Self-Sufficiency program because she wanted to continue her education.  Here at Center for Hope and Safety, we believe that all women have the right to live without fear, without violence and have a...

The best Christmas presents: Safety, strength, and hope

According to the song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For many people—too many people—it is anything but. Families living in need, or in pain, or in fear may find it difficult to join in the festivities and celebrations of the holiday season. The things...

How Do You Support That Woman Who Just Keeps Staying?

Blog Post by Lil Corcoran, Associate Executive Director  In 1988 I remember watching a battered Hedda Nussbaum testify against Joel Steinberg, for murdering their daughter, Lisa, and thinking, “What is wrong with her?” Although I have come to a...

A dream becomes a vision, and finally a reality

Blog Post by Elaine Meyerson, Executive Director Center for Hope and Safety When I became the Executive Director of Center for Hope and Safety in 1986, I asked the staff what they felt their needs were, without hesitation they all echoed the word...

Yes. It happens here.

It happens in Bergen County, one of the 40 wealthiest counties in the United States.  It happens behind the closed doors of nicely appointed homes along the tree-lined streets of suburbia, just as it happens in the poorest of inner city neighborhoods. And...

Our Dream Is to End a Nightmare for Others

For more than 37 years, Center for Hope and Safety has been building a bigger and stronger foundation in order to provide services that promote the safety, strength, and hope our clients and their children need to succeed.  12 Overlook Avenue is a dream we’ve...

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and...

Helping Children Heal

They are sometimes called the “hidden” victims of domestic violence. But for children who witness violence in their home or experience it directly, there is nothing hidden about it. It is all too visible, all too hurtful, all too real. Our name is Center for Hope and...