“This is the safest place to feel everything, the pain, the shame, fear, and healing”

Essex County Family Justice Center—the first Family Justice Center (FJC) in the State of New Jersey—was established in 2010 to provide accessible and coordinated services to victims of domestic violence.


The FJC model meets the diverse needs of victims by bringing government and non-government agencies together in one place to reduce the barriers and fragmentation of existing services.

The mission of Essex County Family Justice Center is to enhance the safety and autonomy of domestic violence victims and their children by providing accessible and coordinated service in one location.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available at
Essex County Family Justice Center

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


All visits are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. No appointment necessary.


Visit us at Leroy Smith Public Safety Building, 60 Nelson Place, 2nd Floor 
Newark, NJ 07102.


The center is open to all victims of domestic or intimate partner violence in Essex County, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or perceived disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and marital status.

Learn more about domestic violence here.



Clothesline Project

Caldwell University

October 8, 2019

About DV

What is domestic violence and how can you help yourself or someone else?

Ways to Give

Donate, volunteer, host a fundraiser,  or shop

Get Involved

Participate in fundraising events and public awareness campaigns 

Get Help

Visit us or call one of many local or national resources

ESSEX COUNTY FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER  Leroy F. Smith Jr. Public Safety Building, 60 Nelson Place, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102, 973-230-7229

Services available Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

Easily accessible via public transportation. Click here for directions to the center.

Please use a computer at a safe location. There is always a computer trail.

If you are in danger, call 911 or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 TTY 1-800-787-3224

Join our mailing list