Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2020

Support for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence during COVID-19 Outbreak

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are experiencing sexual or domestic violence can seek help from trained professionals and volunteer advocates in Union County.

“We want all residents to know that assistance continues to be available in our community for victims of sexual or domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Please reach out if you need help.”

Trained volunteer advocates are available to assist victims of sexual violence through Union County’s Rape Crisis Center hotline, 908-2333-7273.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Rape Crisis Center advocates have continued to provide crisis counseling and support by phone, referrals to community resources, and guidance on legal and medical issues. The Rape Crisis Center is also providing education and preventive resources online.

Services provided by the Rape Crisis Center are free of charge. As part of the Union County Department of Human Services, the Rape Crisis Center has been assisting victims of sexual violence since 1985. For more information call 908-233-7273 or visit ucnj.org/departments.

Resources available to victims of domestic violence in Union County include:

  • The YMCA Union County Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hours-7 days a week) 908-355-HELP (4357).
  • The Union County Family Justice Center: 908-527-4980 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
  • The New Jersey Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline (24-7) 1-800-572-SAFE (7233).
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline (24-7) 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the Union County Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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