At Safe+Sound Somerset, we are seeing the impact of the past few years on the mental health of survivors of interpersonal violence – who’s personal trauma is compounded by systemic and global trauma like the COVID pandemic – and experiencing increased demand for our trauma responsive counseling that helps survivors heal.
Safe+Sound Somerset’s newest education program for high school students, Gender and Violence: How Media Shapes Our Culture, aims to prevent sexual abuse and assault among participants. Learn about media literacy’s role in preventing sexual violence and our partnership with with Bound Brook High School to bring this program to their seniors.
Recently our communities were shocked by the news of a lawsuit filed against law enforcement for alleged sexual assaults spanning many years. Regardless of the outcomes, the traumatic impact of the allegations will have a lasting impact. This is especially true for the survivors of sexual violence in our communities. At Safe+Sound Somerset, we have …
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about dating abuse, healthy relationships, and available services. In recognition of TDVAM, Safe+Sound Somerset is encouraging everyone to Talk About It!
“Getting on the Same Page” with a common language can help navigate difficult topics as we grow our community’s capacity to recognize, respond to, and prevent domestic and sexual violence. In this article, we begin to define the terms we often use in our work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
As of October 1st, 2021, Safe+Sound Somerset expanded our trauma-informed services to serve survivors of sexual violence in Somerset County, NJ. This article details how Safe+Sound Somerset is providing adults and children who have experienced sexual assault with the same high-quality services that have been provided to survivors of domestic violence for over 40 years.
In this post, we discuss the connection between sexual assault and domestic abuse. Trigger Warning: References to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault
The media can be a great tool for raising awareness about different types of violence, but oftentimes the way the stories of abuse are covered can be a trigger point for survivors and their families.
Many people think that domestic violence is just physical, but that is not the case. Violence can also be verbal, emotional, sexual, financial, digital, and stalking. Some survivors never experience physical or sexual violence, but these forms of violence are often used as threats. Learn 7 Warning Signs of domestic abuse and what to do …
Community members often tell us that they see domestic violence as a “private” or “family issue” that only affects the two people in the relationship. The reality is that domestic violence in a relationship affects the whole community. DV can have severe negative impacts on the target of abuse and the broader community, including children, …