The purpose of the Essex County Family Justice Center is to facilitate a coordinated community response to domestic violence that improves outcomes and enables victims to access all of the services they need from a single location.
This requires robust partnerships with government and community-based agencies. Many partner agencies dedicate staff on-site at the Essex County Family Justice Center. Other partner agencies accept referrals of clients and provide services off-site.
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
An Assistant Prosecutor, Detective, and Victim-Witness Advocate from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office provide victims with guidance regarding the criminal justice system, assistance filing for Victims of Crime Compensation Benefits, investigation of alleged abuse (photographing injuries, taking statements), and criminal prosecution of alleged perpetrators of domestic violence.
Essex County Sherriff’s Office
The Essex County Sherriff’s Office provides strategic guidance and technical assistance with respect to security at Essex County Family Justice Center to keep clients and staff members safe.
Newark Police Division
A Detective from the Newark Police Division is on-site to help victims navigate the criminal justice process and understand what the police can do to help protect them and their loved ones.
Essex-Newark Legal Services
Provides clients with help on a variety of civil legal matters, including securing or enforcing orders of protection, divorce, child custody, alimony or child support, debt collection, public benefits, or eviction defense.
NJ Crime Victims' Law Center
Through a new U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant-funded project, NJCLV will provide advice and holistic legal services to domestic violence victims referred by the Family Justice Center and will subcontract with Essex-Newark Legal Services to increase their onsite Civil Legal Screener from part- to full-time.
A division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey, Rachel Coalition provides a full-time clinical staff member to provide counseling and support group services to victims of domestic violence at the Essex County Family Justice Center.
The Safe House
The Safe House outstations staff at Essex County Family Justice Center who can provide victims of domestic violence with crisis intervention, advocacy, shelter referrals, and strategies to cultivate self-sufficiency.
American Friends Service Committee
Located in the same building as the Essex County Family Justice Center, the American Friends Service Committee accepts referrals of clients who are in need of immigration services.
Accepts referrals of clients for legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters.
County of Essex
Administers federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to expand criminal justice services at Essex County Family Justice Center.
Superior Court of New Jersey – Essex Vicinage
Collaborates with Essex County Family Justice Center on the Video Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Project, in which clients can remotely apply for TROs by videoconference from the safety of Essex County Family Justice Center.
OFFSITE PARTNERSHIPS WITH MEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS