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DCF is the primary funding source and oversight agency for 24 domestic violence programs and liaison with the New Jersey Coalition of Battered Women.  There is at least one DCF designated lead domestic violence program, including a shelter with a 24-hour hotline and response, in each of the 21 counties.  Information and referral, counseling, support groups, financial, legal, housing and general advocacy, children's services and community education are also provided. 

The New Jersey Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week access to domestic violence victims and others seeking information about domestic violence.

1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233)

To find domestic violence resources by county, click on the related link to view DFCP's Community Program Directory.

PALS Programs (Peace: A Learned Solution)

DFCP oversees PALS programs in 11 counties for children who have witnessed domestic violence.  PALS is an evidence-based nationally recognized therapeutic program model that provides counseling and creative arts therapy for children who have witnessed domestic violence, primarily aged four to twelve.  PALS works.  Children in the PALS program who received intensive treatment for six months showed a significant decrease in trauma-related symptoms and behavioral problems as compared to children in the PALS control group who received only weekly psycho-education in group sessions for ten weeks.  Just as children may learn to use violence through exposure to domestic violence at home, they can learn to use non violent problem-solving solutions.

To find locations of PALS Programs by county, click on the related link to view DFCP's Community Program Directory.