We continue to serve Essex County’s most vulnerable populations. While anyone in need can receive services, 91% of clients are female and most are African American (53%) or Hispanic (35%). Approximately three-fourths of all clients live in Newark, East Orange, Orange, and Irvington.
In addition to the abuse, they are experiencing, 82% of clients report making less than $20,000 annually, 76% have at least one child under the age of 18, and 21% do not have a high school diploma or GED. The lack of financial resources for food, shelter, and other essentials is a major challenge faced by clients when attempting to leave their abusive relationship.
Essex County Family Justice Center served almost 1000 victims of domestic violence last year by providing crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency assistance, medical screenings, and legal service referrals.
This is the safest place to feel everything – the pain, shame, fear and healing
The people at the FJC are amazing and truly help others. They make you feel respected, protected, and strong.
I love them so much.
The people here were very helpful. The lawyer they assigned to me was very understanding and compassionate and helped me throughout my whole ordeal. They are helpful and informative and good at what they do.