An 11-year-old girl staying in the safe house drew a picture of what safety means to her. She chose a tree because it protects all the animals inside and provides shelter for anyone sitting underneath.
The impact of domestic abuse on survivors and their children can be widespread. JBWS strives to reduce risk factors connected to childhood exposure to domestic violence and to break the inter-generational cycle of abuse. The Children’s Program offers services within the residential settings as well as in the community.
We help these children heal, build coping skills, express feelings appropriately, improve conflict resolution skills and understand healthy relationships. And, of course, we give the children the opportunity to tell their own story.
We use age-appropriate methods to let the children express themselves. Supportive counseling services are offered which may incorporate creative arts, music and play. Additionally, we offer a trauma specific counseling program which is focused on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy modality.
Services are applied in a safe setting to individuals, families and age appropriate groups.
If you are concerned about a child and would like to learn more about the effects of abuse on children, please call the helpline for assistance.
Healing the Hurt
JBWS ADDS TRAUMA-FOCUSED
COUNSELING TO ITS LIST OF
SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
The emerging research on the negative effects of exposure to family violence by children has sparked a new partnership between JBWS and the Family Intervention Services (FIS) to provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children at JBWS and its new Morris Family Justice Center.
Known as TF-CBT, the new therapy service is being provided to children ages 3 - 18 in English and Spanish and includes family sessions with the non-offending parent to help them talk about the trauma.
A recent 12-year-old graduate of the program espressed that, "Relationships need to be honest and love needs to be shown with words and actions."
Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the NJ Department of Children and Families. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact JBWS at 973-829-4050 Ext. 400.