Domestic violence detention cases to be handled separately

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Feb. 16 that a pilot program with a single judge handling all detention hearings in domestic violence cases started Feb. 15 in Essex County. Superior Court Judge Ramona Santiago is hearing the cases. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office have […]

Rachel Coalition seeks volunteers

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The Rachel Coalition, a partnership of eight Northern New Jersey organizations, working together to provide services and support programs for victims of domestic violence in Essex and Morris County, is seeking volunteers for its Court Advocate Program. This 40-hour hands-on training program educates participants to assist domestic violence victims with emotional […]

Prevent teen dating violence

LIVINGSTON, NJ — One in three teens in a dating relationship experiences abuse from their partner, according to a press release from the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women. As one student described, “I never forgot my high school boyfriend after graduation. He haunted me in nightmares even after I moved away and […]

Essex teens learn ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt!’

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Does your teenager know the warning signs of an abusive relationship? One in three teens experience verbal or physical abuse from a dating partner. This statistic is the reason that “safe dating” education is required by law in New Jersey. West Orange High School, Montclair High School and Technology High School […]

Rachel Coalition seeks volunteers

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Rachel Coalition, a partnership of eight Northern New Jersey organizations, working together to provide services and support programs for victims of domestic violence in Essex and Morris counties, is seeking volunteers for its highly respected Court Advocate Program. This 40-hour hands-on training program educates participants to assist domestic violence victims […]

Third annual candlelit vigil for to support victims of domestic violence

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Domestic violence affects every community. It thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic abuse. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, is excited to join together with the community […]

ECPO offers domestic violence training

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will again offer a domestic violence training program this fall. Called “Sanctuary,” the program is a 100-hour training program designed to equip community residents to provide crisis intervention and outreach services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking and family members of domestic […]

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

DREAMS works to change culture, outcomes in county

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Domestic violence has long-lasting repercussions beyond the immediate effects of pain, fear and injury. A family touched by domestic violence can struggle to regain its footing, plagued by physical and emotional reminders of its trauma. In Essex County, these families receive help from DREAMS, a program from FAMILYConnections that aims to […]

CHS teens learn about preventing dating abuse

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Does your teenager know the warning signs of an abusive relationship? One in three teens experience verbal or physical abuse from a dating partner, according to a release from NCJW/Essex. This statistic is the reason that “safe dating” education is now required by law in New Jersey. One such program took place […]

Couple indicted in death of 8-year-old son

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Jan. 25 that an Essex County grand jury had indicted Khadejrah Rawls, 28, and Christopher Spearman, 29, both of Newark, on first-degree aggravated manslaughter and other charges in connection with the death of Rawls’ 8-year-old son, Michael Moore Jr. Assistant Prosecutor Amber Loughran, who […]