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Helping by Changing the Conversation

In this post we talk about how you can help a loved one or friend who is an abusive relationship by changing your conversation with them, helping them to gain some power and control in their life.

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Safety Planning for Leaving a Relationship

We don’t encourage anyone to stay in an unsafe relationship, but to make the decision that works best for them at a particular time about staying or leaving. Read more here for information about keeping a survivor safe whether they choose to leave or stay.

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Rights & Responsibilities for Healthy Relationships

Our boundaries are tested many times by others, and it can be hard to assert your limits when someone is constantly trying to push them. Learn more about using Rights and Responsibilities as a framework for healthy boundary setting.

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Power & Control in Domestic Abuse

For those experiencing domestic abuse, daily decisions may be taken away or limited by their abusive partner – taking away power and control, and impacting how survivors think of themselves. Learn more about how the decisions can contribute to feelings of safety, self-determination, and wellness.

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The LGBTQ+ Community and Domestic Violence

During PRIDE Month, it’s important to recognize and spread information about how social issues such as domestic violence may affect individuals in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning +) community differently.

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A Story of Healing from PTSD

People can develop PTSD through interpersonal trauma, including physical or emotional pain caused by another person such as a family member or stranger. Here is the story of one mother and daughter who overcame PTSD related to domestic violence at S+SS, finding safety, hope and healing.  

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What Happens When I’d Like to Volunteer

Volunteers play a critical role in helping Safe+Sound Somerset achieve its mission: to empower survivors of domestic abuse and to engage the community to break the cycle of violence. The business community, community groups, and individuals all make up our dedicated team of volunteers. Here’s everything you need to know if you are interested in

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Finding Hope & Connection

Each of us has different experiences that impact how we view and interact with the world. For some of us, these experiences may cause symptoms associated with trauma that impact may impact our ability to function. The tools below can promote healing and foster connections with others, helping you to overcome these symptoms.

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What Happens When I Want to Give to Help Survivors

Safe+Sound Somerset relies on the community – individuals, families, local businesses and civic groups – for the financial support and other gifts to achieve our mission. Our donors make a real, lasting impact on the lives of survivors and their families who seek safety, hope and healing at S+SS. Information on the types of donations

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Testimony at Senate Public Hearing on FY2022 State Budget

Michele Boronkas, Executive Director at S+SS, testified at the public hearings for the Senate Budget Committee regarding the HY2022 State Budget, which includes Governor Murphy’s proposed increase for Domestic Violence services. There’s still a long way to go, but we are doing our part to educate our representatives on the need for and value of

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