“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 in the State of New Jersey—was established in 2010 to provide accessible and coordinated services to victims of domestic violence.


The Family Justice Center model is designed to reduce the barriers and fragmentation of existing services and meet the diverse needs of victims by bringing government and non-government agencies together in one place.  

Since opening in 2010, over 8,000 individuals have made more than 20,000 visits to Essex County Family Justice Center to receive coordinated and comprehensive services to restore safety, support, dignity, and hope for themselves and their children.  

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. No Appointment Necessary.


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

The center is open to all victims and survivors 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.

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.



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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.

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

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