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SPACE: Students Promoting Awareness, Change and Empowerment


  •  RWJ 7th Grade Abuse Report - A new study of 1,430 7th grade students reveals that many 7th-graders are dating and experiencing physical, psychological and electronic dating violence. More than one in three students (37%) surveyed report being a victim of 'psychological dating violence' and nearly one in six (15%) report being a victim of 'physical dating violence.' This study also found that while some attitudes and behaviors associated with increased risk for teen dating violence are pervasive, nearly three-quarters of students surveyed report talking to their parents about dating and teen dating violence. Parent-child communication is considered a protective factor that reduces the risk for teen dating violence.

  • Have the “Domestic Violence Talk” Sooner Rather Than Later - As important as the “sex talk” may be, the “domestic violence talk” is even more critical. Boys and girls start to discover each other early, and it’s not at all uncommon to hear from a sixth grader they are going out with someone, meaning they are considering themselves in a relationship. Who defines for them the roles in a relationship? Where do they learn how to express their feelings to the other person in that relationship?

  • New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services, Adult Protective Services (APS) - If you or someone you know is 18 years of age or older, living in the community and is subject to abuse, neglect and/or exploitation, a county APS program may be the place to turn! There is an APS program in each of the 21 counties that is monitored and evaluated by state staff. Complainants may be clients, caregivers, family members, agencies or any interested or involved individuals. Calls may be made to the particular county APS office or to the Public Awareness, Information, Assistance and Outreach Unit toll-free number 1-800-792-8820.

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has updated its Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) to include the latest data on FBI arrests and victims of domestic violence, a redesigned Compendium of National Juvenile Justice Data Sets, and new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on teen mothers, juvenile educational characteristics, child maltreatment victims, and school crime victimization. The SBB offers easy access to online information about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the SBB provides timely and reliable answers to questions OJJDP most frequently receives from media, policymakers, and the general public.
      - To view the OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book, visit www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/.
      - To read updated FAQs, visit www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/faqs.html.

  • Resource Center of Somerset Staff Members Helps Bridge the Connection between Health Care and Domestic Violence  - Brittany DiBella, currently the Domestic Violence Liaison for Somerset County, co-authored a white paper in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Community Health Promotion Program (RWJUH-CHPP), the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition and the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rugers, The State University of New Jersey.  It was the result of a project funded by the Verizon Foundation and implemented by both RWJUH-CHPP and the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition (NBDVAC).


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