Giving Tuesday: Let their journey inspire your gift today.

On Giving Tuesday please consider a gift to 180 in honor of the thousands of Monmouth County survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who have reached out to 180 this past year.
Your support enables us to empower survivors to have the strength and courage to turn their life around. Please let their journey inspire your gift this Giving Tuesday.
Mary
She escaped her abuse and slept in her car with her dog “Sandy” until they could find a safe place to stay. Today, Mary is helping 180 create a “pet-friendly” shelter so that individuals escaping abuse can stay in our Safe House with their pet.
Jennifer
She was brave enough to leave her relationship while 8 months pregnant. She stayed with us that winter in our Safe House giving birth to a baby girl and spending their first Christmas safely with us.
Robert
He was 10 when his mother gathered up the courage to leave. With a few belongings stuffed into black trash bags they fled early one morning. There would be no more dark nights, no fighting, no bandages, no screaming, no silence. At 180’s Safe House he and his mom started anew.
Danielle
She found refuge and a place to heal at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program. Coming to terms with her many years of abuse and the sadness that was buried within her helped her become a better mother as she learned how to help her children heal too.
Survivor names have been changed to protect confidentiality.
Your participation on Giving Tuesday will support the many programs of 180 that empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence to turn their life around. Today and always, we thank you for your support!

Transgender Day of Remembrance: 180 Stands With All LGBTQI+ Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Every year, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is held on November 20th to memorialize those who have been murdered due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender, each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people. Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the 1998 murder of transgender woman, Rita Hester, in Allston, Massachusetts. The vigil creates space to honor, celebrate, and say the names of transgender and gender-variant individuals whose lives have been lost to violence.

According to the 2015 U.S Transgender Survey, nearly half (46%) of respondents were verbally harassed in the past year because of being transgender. Almost one in ten (9%) respondents had been physically attacked in the past year because of being transgender. Nearly half (47%) were sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, and in the past year, one in ten were sexually assaulted. In communities of color, these numbers are higher – 53% of Black respondents were sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and 13% were sexually assaulted in the last year. More than half (54%) of all respondents experienced some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm.

 

180 Turning Lives Around stands with transgender and gender-variant individuals. No one should be denied the basic rights that enable their safety and security, regardless of their orientation and identity. No one should ever be subjected to violence simply because of their gender identity or expression. No one should consider taking their own life to escape, fear, loneliness, harassment, and bullying. As of November 5, 2019, there are twenty-one individuals known to have been killed due to violence. Today, 180 remembers our departed friends, loved ones, and community members.

180 is committed to ensuring that all LGBTQI+ survivors of Intimate Partner Violence have access to immediate and long-term support in a safe, confidential, and empowering environment. Our LGBTQI+ Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator educates staff and volunteers, and also law enforcement, professionals, and organizations on relevant issues within the LBGTQI+ community. 180 engages in on-going dialogue with LGBTQI+ leaders on both the state and local level. 180 provides free supportive services including confidential 24/7 hotlines, trained advocates who assist victims by providing emotional support, resources, and accompaniment during hospital forensic examinations and police procedures, court liaisons who help victims through the restraining order process at State Superior Court, individual and group supportive counseling, and a safe house that provides emergency shelter for individuals and their children. We have a satellite counseling office conveniently located in Long Branch, NJ. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, please call our 24/7 confidential hotline at 732-264-4111 or 1-888-863-9262, or visit www.180nj.org

A Soulful Night for 180 at JBJ Soul Kitchen

Dear Friends of 180,
The success of last night’s event only reaffirms what we already know: 180’s model WORKS! 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program is an important component in promoting healing from domestic violence and encouraging individuals to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment. Our survivors and advocates were courageous to share their art and creative expressions with us through this event. Please take a moment to view and appreciate some of their works below. More art images are available to view on our Facebook page. Visions and Voices was truly a night of “soul sharing” and we are grateful to all participants.
Special thanks to our caring friends at the JBJ Soul Kitchen for hosting 180 and for their sincere belief in our mission. The Soul Kitchen is known for nourishing souls in more ways than one! Also, thank you to all guests who literally weathered the storm and joined us in solidarity to recognize 180 during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Our programs are successful because they are implemented by 180’s caring staff and counseling team. We thank our therapists and counselors at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program for creating the environment which enables expressive arts therapy to be a part of the healing process. For those of you who generously support our work, we thank you and ask that you continue to include 180 Turning Lives Around in your charitable giving. Your generosity makes our mission possible.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director

 

180 Offers Pet-Friendly Rooms at Emergency Safe House

No one should have to choose between their safety and their pet. A new endeavor for 180 is our ability to offer pet-friendly rooms and spaces within our shelter so that our families are not forced to choose between staying in a dangerous situation and leaving their pet behind. 180 was awarded grants from Bayer, The Lydia Collins DeForest Foundation, and The Red Rover Foundation to help 180 provide a safe place for domestic violence victims and their pets at our shelter. These grants are enabling us to outfit our property with pet-friendly rooms, allergen-free living spaces, as well as appropriate fencing and designated, safe play areas in order to ensure a safe environment for all families. In addition to these private grants, generous donations from philanthropic individuals within the Monmouth County community are supporting our pet-friendly Safe House and providing the operational resources such as pet food, play items and veterinary support.

Because abusers are often violent towards animals and use the family pet to assert control and manipulate, individuals trying to flee domestic violence are hesitant to leave their pet behind for fear of what the abuser will do to the animal. Nationwide studies indicate that nearly half of abused women stay in their abusive relationships out of concern for the welfare of their beloved pet. Most domestic violence shelters can not accommodate pets on-site, forcing abuse victims to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and leaving their pet with the abuser. 180 Turning Lives Around is proud to be the first safe house in New Jersey to offer shelter for survivors and their pets.

“We recognize the deep bond that our families share with their pets,” said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of 180 Turning Lives Around. “Opening our Safe House doors to pets will save more lives as it removes a potential barrier for an individual escaping domestic violence. No one should have to choose between their safety and their pet.”

For more information about our Safe House and 180’s many life saving and life changing programs, please call our anonymous and confidential hotline: 888-843-9262.

 

JBJ Soul Kitchen to Host 180 for DV Awareness Event October 16

VOICES and VISIONS is a survivor and supporter multimedia presentation of music, spoken word and art, created by 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapies Program for domestic violence awareness month.
Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault will showcase an exhibit of expressive arts as part of their journey in healing and turning their life around. The community is invited to experience this showcase while enjoying refreshments and delicacies from the Soul Kitchen.
Enjoy strolling through the garden and joining with others from the community who are interested in ending violence in Monmouth County. This is an opportunity to take an active role in 180’s mission during October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Special thanks to our caring friends at the JBJ Soul Kitchen for sponsoring this complimentary event and believing in our mission.
We look forward to seeing you there!
JBJ Soul Kitchen
207 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Wednesday, October 16
6:00 – 7:30 PM
The event is complimentary thanks to the generosity of the JBJ Soul Kitchen.
RSVP: amandaf@180nj.org
Please RSVP by 10.11.19

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Dear Friends of 180,
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and according to national studies, domestic violence directly impacts approximately 1/4 women and 1/7 men, as well as countless family members, friends and communities. These statistics represent our neighbors, friends, colleagues, family members, and possibly even you.
Please consider joining 180 in the month of October especially, or anytime throughout the year, and take an active role against domestic and sexual violence in Monmouth County. Here are some examples of what you can do and how you can show your support and solidarity for survivors and victims in our local community:
  • Join 180 on October 16 for our Annual Community Awareness Event at the JBJ Soul Kitchen, Red Bank (RSVP HERE)
  • Register to volunteer within our agency (link here)
  • Start an initiative to collect items for our Safe House (wish list here)
  • Educate your child about resources to help assist youth such as 180’s 2ND FLOOR YOUTH Call and Text helpline (www.2ndfloor.org)
Additionally, please take a moment to read below our “YEAR IN REVIEW”. While October is designated National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our agency is hard at work throughout the year to bring strength, courage and solutions to thousands of survivors and their families. Thank you for supporting 180.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
YEAR IN REVIEW
PROVIDING SAFETY, SHELTER AND STRENGTH
SAFE HOUSE PROGRAM
  • 262 women, men, and children served
This program offers an emergency shelter for women, men, and children fleeing domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Up to 12 families at a time can be accommodated for a period of 30 to 60 days. Residents are provided with counseling, case management, advocacy, and other supportive services.
HELPING CHILDREN FIND THEIR VOICE
AMANDA’S EASEL PROGRAM
  • 118 parents and children served
  • 1,050 sessions provided
  • 279 groups conducted
This creative arts therapies program is designed to create a support system to help both children and their non-offending parents cope with the life changes precipitated by violence and abuse. The program provides art, play and music therapy that promotes healing by encouraging children to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment.
RESPONSIVE AND IMMEDIATE HELP
HOTLINE AND COUNSELING SERVICES
  • 3,208 hotline calls answered
  • 207 new counseling clients
  • 1,047 sessions provided
  • 289 clients assisted by 180’s Domestic Violence Liaison (at DCP&P offices)
A 24/7 DV Hotline provides education, support, resources, and referrals to all callers. Survivors of domestic violence are offered 6 free individual counseling sessions and a variety of free support groups are also offered.
EMPOWERING YOUTH
Group of women with hands together showing unity

2NDFLOOR YOUTH

CALL & TEXT LINE
  • 10,431 phone conversations held
  • 132,158 text messages exchanged
Through phone calls, texting and the message board, this anonymous call and text helpline for New Jersey’s youth helps to provide solutions to a variety of issues including substance abuse, mental health,suicide, cyber-bullying, sex and sexuality, among other topics.
ADVOCATING AND SUPPORTING
Law scales on table. Symbol of justice
FAMILY COURT LIAISON PROGRAM
  • 1,885 domestic violence victims assisted
  • 450 consultations with other non-profit colleagues
This program, located in the Monmouth County Superior Court (Freehold), provides technical assistance along with system advocacy and emotional support to help victims navigate through the legal system and obtain restraining orders and other reliefs.
IMPLEMENTING BEST PRACTICES
FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER
  • 382 clients served
The Family Justice Center provides victims and their families with crisis intervention, legal assistance, and counseling services all in one place. The Family Justice Center model is recognized as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Justice and New Jersey State Office of the Attorney General. The model is proven to save lives due to coordinated services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking.
FOCUSED ON FAMILY
KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER
  • 39 families served
This program supports families in the child welfare system and who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The program is based on a nationally proven model which uses a multi-disciplinary team approach in coordination with other community partners in the area. The goal of this recovery-oriented program is to help families stay together as they stabilize their lives. 180’s culturally-competent case management team members use client-centered support services along with input from clients to help them keep their goals in sight, while living in a safe and stable home.
TRAUMA INFORMED COUNSELING
SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICES
  • 959 hotline calls answered
  • 117 new counseling clients
  • 438 sessions provided
Victims of sexual violence, ages 12 and above, are offered up to 6 individual sessions. Psycho-educational support groups are also offered on a continuing basis. Significant others are also offered support and 6 individual sessions.
CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SUPPORT
SHORE REGIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAM
  • 163 clients served
  • 406 sessions provided
Cultural differences and language barriers can make it difficult to receive assistance and support. Our Shore Regional Outreach Program offers free counseling, psycho-educational support groups, community outreach, system advocacy at area municipal courts, and information and referral services in Long Branch, Neptune, Asbury Park and surrounding areas. Counseling in Spanish is available.
SURVIVING AND THRIVING
 VICTIM SUPPORT PROGRAM
  • 450 Domestic Violence Response Team Accompaniments at Police Stations
  • 312 Sexual Assault Response Team Accompaniments (medical, legal, and court)
The Victim Support Program is comprised of the Domestic Violence Response Team Program, which includes approximately 200 volunteer Victim Advocates who provide support and advocacy to victims at police headquarters, and the Sexual Violence Program, which is comprised of approximately 40 Sexual Assault Response Team volunteers who provide support and advocacy to victims at police headquarters, five hospitals, and at Grand Jury. This program also includes counseling, educational presentations, and the Primary Prevention Program.

Celebrating Staff Milestones, Community Partners and Volunteers

Just a few pictures from earlier this week  celebrating staff milestones, community partners and volunteers at our Annual Appreciation Event, sponsored generously by Guardian Life. We value our volunteer-staff partnership and we know that our mission is only stronger with the support of all these groups working together. A heartfelt thank you to our staff, volunteers and community partners!

180 Turning Lives Around Awarded $20,000 Major Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation

180 Turning Lives Around announced it has received a Major Grant in the amount of $20,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their Family Justice Center in Freehold, NJ.

 

180 Turning Lives Around was selected to receive the grant based on their strong mission to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to find the courage and strength to turn their life around. Specifically, 180’s Family Justice Center (FJC), will benefit from this grant. The FJC was originally launched thanks to a generous grant from Impact 100, Jersey Coast, and is saving and changing lives due to its coordinated service design for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking in Monmouth County. The FJC model is recognized as a best practice in the field of domestic violence by the U.S. Department of Justice and New Jersey State Office of the Attorney General.

 

“The FJC provides victims and their families with crisis support, legal assistance and counseling all in one safe place. On behalf of the families that 180 serves, I thank Provident Bank for believing in our mission and providing the critical funding which enables us to reach hundreds of families in Monmouth County,” said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director, 180 Turning Lives Around.

 

180 Turning Lives Around received the generous gift from Provident Bank’s Jane Kurek and Lisa Van Cleve on September 26 at the Family Justice Center in Freehold. Accepting from 180 Turning Lives Around was Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director.

 

“The Provident Bank Foundation is honored to help further initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of residents in our local area,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that contribute to a sense of community and offer a diverse set of programs that make people healthier, happier and safer.”

 

The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. The Provident Bank Foundation’s funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.

 

For more information about 180 Turning Lives Around visit www.180nj.org

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About 180 Turning Lives Around

180 Turning Lives Around empowers survivors and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to find the courage and strength to turn their lives around.

180 supports this mission through: 24/7 hotlines – including the 2NDFloor Youth Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children.

180 Turning Lives Around is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit: www.180nj.org or call the 24-hour confidential hotline at: 888-843-9262

 

About The Provident Bank Foundation

 

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $25 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, visit www.theprovidentbankfoundation.org or call (862) 260-3990.

Time to Reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act

Earlier this week those of us in the field of Domestic Violence remembered the great victory in the protection of women’s civil rights: The “Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA) was signed into law twenty five years ago and with its passing helped to establish dedicated funding for programs that assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Some of the programs at 180 Turning Lives Around benefited from the passage of VAWA and receiving those early federal grants helped to bolster our existing programs while also allowing us to implement new services that have helped us reach even more victims in Monmouth County. Without the funding we’ve received from VAWA for over the last two decades, our strategies to empower survivors to have the strength and courage to turn their life around would have been very limited. VAWA provides much needed resources and has enabled our services to better meet the needs of survivors in our community.
The VAWA bill is up for reauthorization this year (it has been reauthorized by Congress three times since 1994) but this year the bill has stalled in the Senate. We at 180 Turning Lives Around along with many other victim-support organizations including, The National Network To End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV) believe the reauthorization of this bill is urgent and to delay its passage is unacceptable and could endanger the lives of the most at-risk communities. I urge you to learn more about this topic and to contact your Senators to reauthorize VAWA. Please follow the link here: https://nnedv.org/latest_update/urging-congressional-action-25th-anniversary-violence-women-act-vawa/
Thank you.
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director

Tennis Classic and Luncheon a Terrific Success!

What a wonderful event in support of our mission! 180 Turning Lives Around is grateful to all sponsors, tennis participants, luncheon attendees, gift auction donors and volunteers, who helped to ensure a successful event for 180 this past Tuesday afternoon, September 10, 2019 at the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club. A sold-out Tennis Classic, generous sponsors and nearly 100 guests for the luncheon together raised over $25,000 for our mission!
180 extends sincere thanks to our amazing Event Chairs: Pam Salvador and daughter Sophia, Laurie Buckelew, and son Jake, and Jane Yu, and daughter Lauren. Their dedication to 180 is evident as seen in the results of this successful event! Plans are already underway for next year however in the meantime, please enjoy a recap of our event photos below. Special thanks once again to our generous sponsors:
Breakfast Sponsor
Packaging & Distribution Resources
Lunch Sponsor
The Buckelew Family Foundation
Gold Sponsors
Judy Angelo Cowen Foundation
Jack and Dorothy Kupferberg Family Foundation
Dr. Thomas Yu & Family
Tennis Court Sponsors
Allison Scaduto, The Ocean is Female, LLC
Kristen Hall
The Marotti Family
Richard and Debbie Maser
Player Prize and Gift Bag Sponsors
Athleta, Deborah Casperino,
Tara Geraghty, Pam Salvador