The Women's Center is committed to providing equal treatment to our diverse community with a fully integrated and educated staff. Diversity is our strength and we celebrate it by helping individuals of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, physical abilities and sexual orientations. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects multiple traditions, heritages and experiences. Our goal is to eliminate discrimination by becoming change agents in the workplace and in the community.
Child Separation and the Trauma That Follows
“Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about_ace.html).
The separation of child and parent is an extremely traumatizing childhood event; especially when it is done suddenly, and further complicated when there is not a trusting, familiar adult to respond to the aftermath of the separation. Today, thousands of children are being forcefully separated from their parents and placed in detention centers where there are no familiar safe adults to respond to the trauma these children are experiencing. Regardless as to political views, or the events that precipitated the separation, we must acknowledge the damage that is being done to the children who are being caught in the middle of this horrific experience.
For decades, The Women’s Center has been a voice for victims’ rights and for social justice. We have advocated for the equality and basic human rights for all, regardless as to if laws caught up to the injustices that were being done. The traumatization being inflicted upon children forcefully removed from the arms of their parents is an injustice The Women’s Center cannot be silent about. We implore those in power to reflect on the lifelong impact this will have on these innocent children and appeal to the humanity that lives within us all to facilitate a different and more humane way to uphold the government's will.
People fleeing domestic or gang violence do NOT qualify for asylum in the United States. Domestic violence incidents are chronically under reported or even unreported due to shame, social taboos, and fear of further abuse. Let's not add anymore reasons...
If you or someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence, please reach out to our confidential hotline
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RACE AGAINST HATE
The Race Against Hate Walk/Run was designed to help others strive for change and end hatred of all kinds that continue to invade our world. We are walking and running to end hate and promote peace.
The Women’s Center has been working hard to end discrimination of all kinds and by raising money we can continue to educate ourselves and our communities in order to make a positive change.
All proceeds will benefit The Women’s Center’s
Dismantling Racism Initiative.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Cost: $35 with T-Shirt if registered by August 15
Click here to register!
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The Women's Center is grateful to be among the recipients of the Ocean City Exchange Club's 32nd Annual Bay & Ocean Don Doll Memorial Fishing Tournament, taking place on Saturday, June 30th. Over $3,500 in prize money will be awarded.
The Women's Center's confidential domestic violence shelter, which is in an undisclosed location, has been a safe haven for victims of domestic violence for over 40 years. We are not funded to do the necessary upgrades which could help the women and children in shelter to have a space that is beautiful and conducive to their individual needs. We are seeking to raise $15,000 in order to do a complete Kitchen Renovation. As one of the Directors of the organization, I believe that it will make a difference in how the clients feel about being in space that they were forced into due to being abused by their partner.
CRIMES OF VIOLENCE!
The 24:7 Dad Program is a 12 week curriculum facilitated in a group setting designed to improve the well-being of children through involved, responsible, and committed parenting.
All program services are free! For more information, or to sign up, please contact: 609-601-9925 ext. 222.
HOME TO WORK PROGRAM
Providing free and confidential services to Displaced Homemakers
Displaced homemakers are women who have lost their primary income due to divorce, separation, the death or disability of a spouse or partner, or have been displaced due to domestic violence, and now find themselves as the primary source of household income, having to return to work.
The Women’s Center’s "Home to Work Program" offers the following free and confidential services:
Resume and Cover Letters Computer Training Job Search Assistance Social Services Referrals Interview Practice Career Counseling Professional Clothing Closet Job Club...and more!
To find out more about the Home to Work Program and Job Club, call us at 609.601.9925 ext. 1014
This is a Displaced Homemaker Service
HOME TO WORK PROGRAM
PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING CLOSET
Our thrift store closed in 2015, so we are no longer able to accept "drop offs" or the types of general items meant for the thrift store. We are grateful for donations and are able to accept them by appointment, as specified below.
In all sizes, we accept new or gently used, interview-appropriate and professional clothing including: Matching Suits Separates Handbags Shoes Outerwear
All donated items should be in season, in style and in great condition. In order to present our clients with clothing that is ready to wear, we ask that all items be clean, pressed and on hangers; please...not in bags or boxes. For more information and to schedule a drop-off please call 609.601.9925 ext. 1001
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To find out about specific items currently needed for our protective residential shelter, please call our Shelter Manager at 609.601.9925 ext. 1010.
NEW TEXT HOTLINE for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Individuals...please share!
If you or someone you know is a victim/survivor of human trafficking and would like to learn about the free support services available throughout New Jersey, please call our 24 hour confidential hotline to speak with a counselor: 1-800-286-4184
To learn more about Human Trafficking and the Dream Catcher program, please click here