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DCF and DOW are committed to providing specialized supports for children and youth, including underserved populations exposed to domestic violence, family violence and dating violence through its various programs.  DOW oversees the PALS program, which is available in 10 counties in New Jersey.

The PALS program utilizes a research-based, therapeutic program model to reduce the effects of trauma on children and their non-offending parent. Through creative therapies such as art, dance movement and drama, the PALS program is available for children ages 4-12 that are exposed to domestic violence.

In 2016, DCF began supporting trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) programs for children and youth exposed to domestic violence.  TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment that aims to help children overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, feelings of shame, behavioral difficulties and works to increase children’s coping and resiliency. This model is available in 11 counties (that do not overlap with PALS) throughout the state. This program is currently administered by DCF’s Office of Strategic Development.


Funded Programs (PALS and TF-CBT)


  • Avanzar  

  • Center For Hope & Safety- Bergen  

  • Providence House of Catholic Charities - Burlington  

  • Providence House of Catholic Charities - Ocean  

  • NJ Association On Correction - Camden County Women's Center – Camden  

  • NJ Association On Correction - Passaic County Women's Center- Passaic  

  • Family Connections - Essex
  • Women Aware, Inc. – Middlesex  

  • 180, Turning Lives Around, Inc. – Monmouth  

  • YMCA of Eastern Union County- Union



  • Morris Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS) 

  • Salem Salem County Women’s Services (SCWS)  

  • Somerset Safe+Sound Somerset  

  • Sussex Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Services, Inc. (DASI)  

  • Warren Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center (DASACC)   


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