Hands of Hope During DV Awareness Month

HOPE is a feeling that what we imagine could actually happen. 


This year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month Creative Arts Project is focused on the metaphor of hands lending hope to others. With the absence of physical handshakes and hugs we can still embrace those who are in need of support, encouragement, and restoration. We do this by listening, reaching out, advocating, and speaking up for all those who have felt silenced. Our messages will be virtual, done both together and apart, with many hands “expressing” our wish to end violence and abuse, oppression and pain. Together we “join hands” to make a stand. 


We invite all to take part in our community creation by writing, drawing, sculpting, and acting out your ideas surrounding these three prompts:


  • I use my hands for:
  • I lend a hand by:
  • I need a hand when:


You can create hands out of any material as a three dimensional piece. You can draw or paint or sketch hands using color and line. You can write a poem about what hands of hope mean to you. There are many ways to help us get this message out to our community.


Entries MUST be submitted through email and can be sent to susannem@180nj.org

DEADLINE for submission is OCTOBER 17, 2020


During this unprecedented year 180 has been consistent in our outreach and support of victims of family violence and sexual assault. It is with great anticipation that we use our collective voices to continue our mission of empowerment and hope for those among us that are affected by trauma and abuse. 


Thank you for joining us in this project. 




180 Turning Lives Around,

Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Team

Miss NJ USA Helps 180 Launch Awareness Initiative

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and with the volunteerism of Gina Mellish, Miss New Jersey USA, together we are proud to launch “Don’t Be Silenced By Domestic Violence” – a community wide Education and Awareness campaign to encourage survivors to reach out to 180 for support. Posters will be distributed to Monmouth County businesses by a cadre of volunteers throughout the month. Today, Gina launches the poster distribution in her hometown of Oceanport, NJ, and the surrounding Two River area. Gina is a strong advocate against dating violence and as a survivor of relationship abuse as a teenager, she speaks from the heart and with authentic passion.

“I am just one example of the one in three women that will experience relationship abuse in their lifetime. But by sharing my story, I am opening the conversation that needs to be had with our young, vulnerable people to help recognize the signs of relationship abuse before they escalate. By taking power back and owning my experiences I have the ability to show that this can happen to anyone, even a Miss New Jersey USA titleholder. But I also want people to know that you can come out on the other side and be okay; there is no shame in the experiences survivors have endured.”

The campaign is of particular importance this October as our community continues to battle the pandemic. Since the emergence of COVID-19 many survivors have experienced additional obstacles to safely escaping an abuser including quarantine, health issues, job loss, and childcare. 180 has continuously worked to ensure that all our services have remained available to survivors throughout, and we want to encourage our community, to not be silenced by domestic violence. Help is available at 180.

In addition to the awareness posters, a series of social media posts will also circulate with the intention of reinforcing to our community that 180 is open and accessible to any survivor of domestic violence, relationship abuse or sexual assault.

If you would like to take part in raising awareness for domestic violence this month and hang a poster in your place of business or help 180 in the distribution process, please email: amandaf@180nj.org

Read Gina’s personal story and her experience with domestic violence here: https://swaay.com/recognize-signs-relationship-abuse-survivor

Learn more about 180 here: www.180nj.org

Don’t Be Silenced By Domestic Violence

You are not alone.

We believe in your strength and courage as a survivor.

180 offers hope and support as you overcome domestic violence and sexual assault. Our caring

and experienced counselors will listen, discuss your options, and provide resources to guide



You can have a fresh start.

You are not to blame for your experience of abuse.

You and your family deserve to live your life free of fear and full of promise.

Together, we’ll create your pathway to safety, healing, and independence.


We can begin together.

We are here for you when you’re ready.

Our comprehensive support services are free and confidential, including 24/7 hotlines,

counseling, legal advocacy, emergency safe house, and art, play, drama & music therapy for children.

Go Purple for 180 This National Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Encourage your friends, family and workplace colleagues to support survivors of domestic violence by wearing purple for 180 during the month of October. Send your picture to amandaf@180nj.org and we will include you and tag your company in our digital slide show later this month. Photo submission deadline is October 23.

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