TRENTON, N.J. – In an effort to connect domestic violence survivors with resources to improve their lives, a legislative committee today cleared a joint resolution (AJR35), sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, designating the third week of March as “Domestic Violence Services Awareness Week.”
“During some point in their lives, one of out every three women and one out of every four men will have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “This is why it is vital we create an awareness week highlighting the help out there for survivors of domestic violence.”
There are approximately 39 organizations in the state that offer advocacy, services, and assistance to domestic violence victims and their families; however, not all victims are aware of these resources.
“Survivors of domestic violence need to know they are not alone,” said DeCroce. “There are several services and support systems put into place to help them during one of the most trying times of their lives. I want to help the survivors of domestic violence and creating a week of awareness highlighting services for the survivors is a much-needed step in the right direction.”