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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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Fulfilling My Lifelong Dream to be a Social Worker

As T.S. Eliot says, “It’s never too late to become the person you were always meant to be.” Although the route to becoming a social worker was not as she had originally planned, Laura Perry’s path to becoming an adult and child counselor at S+SS was rich and rewarding in its own right. In this

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Happy Social Worker Appreciation Month!

The common theme of purpose of Safe+Sound Somerset’s team of social workers is dedicating their lives to helping others. We are skilled, ready and eager to empower survivors on their healing journey!

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Hope Growing Amidst Crises

At S+SS, we have been dealing with the “crisis within a crisis,” the reality of increased demand for services related to an increase in incidents and the severity of domestic abuse since the beginning of the pandemic. Although we find ourselves still struggling with all of these losses and challenges, just one year later there

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10 Actions for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). You have the power to spread knowledge about this important issue and make a difference. Here are 10 actions you can take to stop dating violence before it starts, or help survivors of dating violence find support, free services, safety, hope, and healing at Safe+Sound Somerset.

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Talking to Teens About Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships

1 in 3 American teenagers will experience physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner before high school graduation. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), so it’s the perfect time to strike up a conversation with your teen.

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What Happens When a Domestic Violence Liaison is Contacted?

The purpose of our Domestic Violence Liaison program is to increase the safety of and improve outcomes for children and their non-offending parent/caregiver in domestic violence situations. Find out more about what happens if DCP&P calls in a S+SS DVL and how we can help.

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SPEAK Outreach & Education

S+SS’s commitment to an abuse-free future is a response to the destruction that domestic violence causes in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our SPEAK Outreach and Education program offers research-based and customizable interactive trainings to community groups and schools. While offering information and resources to connect survivors to services, SPEAK trainings empower individuals

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Teen Dating Abuse is Real and a Problem for 1 in 3 Teens

Teen dating abuse is just as common and serious as abusive adult relationships. 1 in 3 teens will experience dating abuse before high school graduation. Just like survivors of domestic violence, teens who have been targets of dating abuse often suffer from severe and long-term impacts. Supporting teen survivors of relationship abuse and connecting them

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S+SS Welcomes 2021 with a Redefined Commitment and Reinforced Foundation

The pandemic shook our organization’s operational foundation to it’s core. Our clients, isolated in quarantine with their abusers, now need healing like we’ve never seen before. But we are a trauma-informed, strengths-based organization and the ending to our 2020-story is different than you might think.

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