The Ninth Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium is scheduled to take place virtually on Thursday, July 27 from 1pm-4pm. This year’s featured topic will be Helping Domestic Violence Survivors Navigate a Challenging Economy.
Attendance is free of charge, and registration, which is open to the public, is available online at ywcaunioncounty.org/ywca-events/domestic-violence-symposium-2023/
The Symposium is a joint presentation between the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the YWCA Union County, with support from the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Office of Victim/Witness Advocacy. Attendance is free of charge, and registration, which is open to the public, is available online at https://www.ywcaunioncounty.org/ywca-events/domestic-violence-symposium-2023/
The event will feature three panels of experts who will discuss the financial challenges that domestic violence survivors face and the resources available to help them. The panels will also provide tips on how to create a safety plan, find safe housing, and access financial assistance.
Union County Prosecutor William Daniel expresses his gratitude for the Domestic Violence Symposium and the assistance it can provide. “Domestic violence is a crime that has a devasting impact on survivors, not only physically and emotionally but it can also have a significant economic impact, as survivors can potentially lose their jobs, homes, and financial security. In a challenging economy, it can be even more difficult for survivors to get back on their feet. That’s why it is so important that survivors know about the programs and organizations that are available throughout Union County. We need to make sure survivors have the resources they need to heal and rebuild their lives.”
“On behalf of the Union County Board of County Commissioners, I am honored to be part of this year’s Domestic Violence Symposium, focusing on the vital topic of Helping Domestic Violence Survivors Navigate a Challenging Economy,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “As we gather at the symposium with several different community partners, let us recognize the determined strength and resilience of survivors who face not only the trauma of domestic violence but also the daunting economic obstacles that can go with it. Together, we will explore innovative solutions, empower survivors with financial tools, and foster a supportive environment to help them rebuild their lives and thrive among adversity.”
Karen Geer, Executive Director of the YWCA Union County shares, “The YWCA is thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office to be putting on another symposium addressing critical and timely topics for all those who serve victims of domestic violence, this time focusing on helping survivors navigate the challenging economic landscape and especially the impact it has had on victims looking for permanent and safe housing.”
About some of the participating organizations:
YWCA Union County is the state designated lead domestic violence agency for Union County offering comprehensive services and programs for survivors of domestic violence. All services are free of charge and include Emergency Shelter, 24 Hour Hotline, Family Justice Center, Counseling and Case Management, Court Advocacy, STEP (Skills Training and Empowerment Program), PALS (Peace: A Learned Solution), CRT (Crisis Response Team), DV Liaison Program, and Community and Professional Development.
Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, who’s mission is as follows:
- Serve the homeless and housing insecure of Union County by
ending their immediate crises through advocacy and services.
- Advocate for policy changes at all levels of government so that
people have genuine access to safe and affordable housing.
- Build and maintain transitional and permanent housing to address
this housing crisis.
- Enlarge the collective power in our communities to expand
support for homeless and housing insecure people throughout our
county and beyond.
Family Promise is a national organization that helps families experiencing homelessness find safe, stable housing. Family Promise partners with local congregations and community organizations to provide a diverse arrange of services: homeless prevention, shelter diversion, rental assistance, emergency shelter, and case management.
AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) is a Quaker organization that works to promote peace and social justice around the world. The Immigrant Rights Program (IRP) represents immigrant populations throughout the state of New Jersey. AFSCs support leadership development and organizing for impacted individuals. IRP legal services staff provides legal representation and information to immigrant communities. In addition, staff conducts presentations to fill the critical need for accurate information. This includes Know Your Rights presentations to educate and empower immigrant communities. For over 32 years, AFSC has been the primary provider of legal services to immigrant communities in New Jersey, with significant experience providing legal representation to low-income immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes in their immigration matters.
Partners empowers low-income victims and survivors of domestic violence to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice. We offer quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters. Partners is a non-profit public interest law firm that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of domestic violence and sexual assault victims through legal representation, advice, counseling sessions, and by advocating for procedural and legislative change to benefit victims. Partners offers free legal help to low-income victims. We help domestic violence victims secure restraining orders and sexual assault victims secure protective orders. We also assist with child and spousal support, visitation, and custody, as well as post-judgement relief matters. Our legal assistance includes extensive advice and counsel and assistance with preparation of court papers for self-represented victims or representation by a pro bono attorney or by a Partners staff attorney.