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FEDS: Essex County Family Court To Share Over $1.3M for Survivor Support, Legal Services

New Jersey

By: Richard L. Smith 

The Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded more than $1.3 million to support survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in the state.

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced, highlighting the crucial need for specialized legal services to assist survivors in navigating complex legal systems and securing protective orders.

The awarded funds include:

  • $750,000 under the Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Program: This grant goes to 180 Turning Lives Around Inc. to address the legal needs of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

  • $599,512 under the Justice for Families (JFF) Program: Awarded to the Essex County Family Justice Center Inc., this grant aims to enhance community and court responses to families affected by violence.

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger emphasized the significance of these funds, which will help survivors dealing with the emotional and physical toll of violence.

The programs supported by this funding will provide essential legal support to ensure justice and safety for survivors.

OVW Director Rosemarie Hidalgo praised the multi-pronged strategy employed by these grants, which aim to transform the justice system's approach to supporting families impacted by violence.

They enhance court-related programs, offer trauma-informed training and resources, and provide specialized legal support, including assistance with protective orders and navigating family law matters.

These grants collectively advance a comprehensive approach to ensuring survivors and their families find a path to justice and safety.

The U.S. Attorney's Office remains steadfast in its commitment to combat sexual misconduct. It conducts community outreach throughout New Jersey as part of the Justice Department's initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing.

This outreach has resulted in landmark lawsuits and significant monetary settlements against perpetrators of sexual harassment.

OVW plays a vital role in developing the nation's capacity to reduce violence, implementing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and related legislation.

Established in 1995, OVW provides financial and technical assistance to communities nationwide, working to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

In addition to managing federal grant programs, OVW initiates special projects to address unique challenges identified by communities.

More information is available on OVW's website.