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DOW launched its Culturally Specific Initiative in 2019 to ensure culturally relevant, inclusive and accessible services that meet the needs of historically marginalized and underserved communities.

DOW uses a combination of state and federal funding to support community-based organizations to provide culturally appropriate domestic violence and sexual violence services. These agencies understand the complex challenges and barriers faced by the communities they serve and are equipped to deliver services in a culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate manner.

Agencies provide a combination of the following services: 

  • Housing and rental assistance
  • Basic needs – hygiene, clothing, food items
  • 24-hour hotline and emergency response
  • Victim advocacy (financial, housing, employment, education, immigration, etc.)
  • Transportation
  • Interpretation and Translation
  • Legal advocacy (can include representation in high-risk situations, but also information, referral, know-your-rights, pro-bono training and legal clinics/seminars)
  • Medical accompaniment
  • Individual or group counseling
  • Children's services
  • Community education, training, and awareness


Funded Providers

Central Jersey Legal Services
Central Jersey Legal Services is a non-profit law firm providing high quality civil legal aid for low-income individuals in Mercer, Middlesex, and Union Counties experiencing domestic violence.  
Mercer (609)695-6240 
Middlesex:  (732)249-7600
Union:  (908) 354-4340

Community Affairs Resource Center
Its mission is to empower the community and strengthen youth and families by promoting self-sufficiency through education, advocacy, and collaboration. It does this by offering a broad range of services like case management, housing and rental assistance, job skills trainings, translation/interpretation, system advocacy, support groups, and prevention workshops.

Exhale Women’s Fellowship
Exhale Women’s Fellowship’s mission is to invite women regardless of age, race, creed, religion or economic status, to leverage resources and build a support system. Exhale is a faith-based organization dedicated to support women, specifically African American/Black women, facing crisis and distress due to domestic violence. Based in Burlington County, Exhale empowers them to become self-sufficient and to realize their potential.  
(856) 393-7845

Harambe Social Services
Harambe is a non-profit agency based in Camden County that provides supportive services and resources rooted in African culture and tradition to families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Harambe also offers technical assistance and training to build capacity and ensure more culturally relevant services to people of the African Diaspora.  
(609) 225-6936

Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey  
Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey provides a broad range of culturally relevant social service and advocacy programs for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. Services include counseling, support groups, outreach, legal advocacy, information/referral and educational and employment assistance.

The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC)
ICC is a multi-service, community-based nonprofit organization rooted in and representative of the ethnically diverse Ironbound neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. ICC offers a range of services including legal advocacy, and information/referral to victims and survivors of domestic violence.  

Jewish Family Service (JFS)
JFS’s Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home) is a program that works to overcome cultural, legal and religious barriers confronting men, women, and children affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. It provides services to the Jewish community statewide in addition to individuals of all races, genders, or those experiencing financial difficulties.

Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ)
Legal Services in New Jersey provides essential civil legal aid for economically disadvantaged individuals experiencing domestic violence and sexual violence. LSNJ provides free legal assistance, referral, and advice, and serves clients throughout the state. It also offers training and ongoing assistance with cases to private attorneys who provide free representation for low-income clients.  
(732) 572-9100

Lifeties, Inc.
The mission of LifeTies, Inc. is to nurture wellness and self-sufficiency in vulnerable youth, young adults and their families. Lifetimes provides safe housing, clinical services, mentoring services and life skills to the LGBTQI+ community experiencing domestic violence.  

Manavi, Inc.
Manavi provides a unique blend of culturally specific support services and intervention methods for South Asian survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. Manavi offers counseling, legal advocacy, outreach, training, housing and more through a linguistically appropriate and empowering lens.  

Mercy Center
Mercy Center provides domestic violence and sexual violence services in a culturally sensitive manner to people in the greater Asbury Park area. It offers advocacy, support services, linkages, and wrap-around services in English, Spanish, Creole and Arabic languages.  
(732) 774-9397

North Jersey Community Research Initiative
The North Jersey Community Research Initiative empowers clients by reducing social and health disparities in the greater Newark area. NJCRI provides prevention and direct services for the LGBTQI+ community who experience domestic violence.  
(833) 702-5020

Partners empowers low-income survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice. It offers quality legal assistance in domestic violence, sexual violence and family law matters in Passaic, Union, Hudson, Middlesex, and Essex counties. 

Wafa House
Wafa House provides sexual violence and domestic violence services to victims and survivors of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent. Wafa House offers crisis intervention, comprehensive case management services, counseling and mental health support, legal advocacy and refugee assistance in northern New Jersey.  
(800) 930-9232


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