In light of their 40th anniversary, Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) partnered with the Morris County Board of Freeholders and Prosecutor to open the Morris Family Justice Center (MFJC), a comprehensive center for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Morris County.
“Every life we touch receives the support and commitment that a person needs to change their life forever,” said Patty Lee, President of JBWS, at the Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony in Morristown.
Rather than forcing the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to navigate complex systems to receive the critical services they need, the Morris Family Justice Center strives to have all needed partners, allies, and resources within their intimate space. Children can play in a bright, colorful and relaxing playroom while their mom or dad gets the help they need. The Center also includes a kitchen and luxe living area, graciously donated by Karen Arakelian of The Gloria Foundation and White House Designs for Life, to help families feel safe and comfortable.
A big portion of the project was funded by the Provident Bank Foundation, thanks to a 100 thousand dollar signature grant. “It’s going to address the needs of domestic violence victims in a special, holistic way. This cause is very important to myself, my board, and my staff,” says Jane Kurek, executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation.
JBWS also partnered with the Morristown Police Department in the startup of this safe haven.
“I was overwhelmed to see that there was a police officer on staff at the Center,” says Claire, a domestic violence survivor. “You have no idea how much it means to a victim who needs support.”
If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic abuse, please visit JBWS.org for more information.