You Make a Difference!
Everyone deserves a life that is safe, empowered, and free from violence.
At Center for Hope & Safety, we help adults and children who have been impacted by domestic violence build a safer, healthier life by offering support, resources, and professional services. This includes emergency and transitional housing, counseling, legal advocacy, job readiness and financial literacy training, art therapy, and so much more.
Thanks to your help, we’re building a world where no one has to choose between staying in a harmful situation and potential homelessness or loss of hope. Center for Hope & Safety’s services are here for every domestic violence victim and survivor who needs them.
Thanks to your support, in 2022:
- Our free 24/7 hotline received 80% more calls than in 2021. The average number of weekly calls in 2021 was 57, which increased to 107 in 2022.
- Our Safe House program sheltered 373 adults and children, an unprecedented high, and 108 percent more than our 10-year average of 179. Our committed Safe House team, with additional support from our Community Services team, steadfastly continued to provide full operational and case management support.
- 17 adults/families and 43 children received safe shelter in our Transitional Housing Program, an 11 percent increase compared to the prior 10-year average of 54.
- 191 children in our Safe House and Transitional Housing Programs received services and more than 400 Community Program children received referrals/assistance, holiday gifts and/or attended agency activities.
- The total number of victims sheltered increased by 94% from 10 years ago. In 2012, 224 were sheltered; in 2022, 433 were sheltered.
- Center for Hope & Safety’s Domestic Violence Liaisons at NJ’s Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCPP) offices served 495 families impacted by domestic abuse, a 22 percent increase from the prior 10-year average of 407.
- Project CHILD (Confidence, Hope, Independence, Love and Direction) served 33 families for a total of 44 children, providing weekly group and individual creative arts therapy to children ages 4 to 12 who have experienced/witnessed domestic violence, and also case management and therapeutic support to the child’s non-abusive parent.
- Our Community Services team served 371 adults and children through weekly support group meetings and assistance with applications for various governmental assistance, safety planning, risk assessments, career counseling and financial literacy, as well as multicultural services for Latinx and other minority/underserved victims of domestic violence in Bergen County. We also continued to offer The Art of Survival arts-based support group for adult survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (featuring painting, collage, afro-modern dance and a drumming circle) and a similar program for children, Creative Connections.
- Our Legal Services team served 343 individuals on 641 legal matters. The number of vicitms served is a 44 percent increase from the 239 served in 2021, and a 64 percent increase compared to the prior 6-year average of 209 (program started in 2016). Advice and counsel were provided to 252 clients and legal representation to 184 clients.
- The total number of victims served increased by 91% from 10 years ago. In 2012, 900 were served and in 2022, we served 1,719.
Center for Hope & Safety has helped thousands of survivors of domestic violence; we could not have done all of this without our supporters.
Last updated March 14, 2023