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Guide to Services for Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Emergency Resources

Comprehensive list of programs, organized by county, that provide emergency services, including shelter and counseling for victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families

Sexual Violence/Rape Care Programs, listed by county

Shelter Exit Program (SHE)

The Shelter Exit Program provides security deposits and rental assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children who are currently living in shelters or in transitional housing facilities. Its main goal is to move women living in shelters and transitional units into permanent housing - a place they can call home and a place to start their lives over, free from domestic violence.


Participants must be referred to DCA by a Lead Domestic Violence Agency and their income cannot exceed 80% of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development' (HUD) median income for the area in which she chooses to live.

How The Program Works

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Division on Women (DOW) and the Division of Housing (DH) have partnered to make SHE practical and available to women who need help. The divisions will work closely with domestic violence women's shelters statewide to provide program training to shelter staff and will allocate short-and-long-term housing assistance to women who have come to their shelters for assistance.

  • Short-term assistance provides help with security deposit and up to two months rent.
  • Long-term assistance provides help with security deposit and up to two-year rental subsidy.

For additional information call 609-633-6266 or email Francis Moody at [email protected].

Victims of Crime Compensation Office

The Victims of Crime Compensation Board helps with costs related to injuries received in a violent crime. In domestic violence cases, this also includes loss of income/support from the offender and emergency relocation costs.

New Jersey Address Confidentiality Program (from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families)

The Address Confidentiality Program assists victims of domestic violence who have relocated and want to keep their addresses private so the batterer will not know where to find them. Program offers a substitute address service as well as a protected record service. For more information, call 1-877-218-9133.

Wallet Card

You may want to cut out this list and put it in your wallet so that you always have these important telephone numbers handy.

Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-572-SAFE (1-800-572-7233)

New Jersey Division on Women

New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Battered Lesbian Toll-Free Helpline

NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault
24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-601-7200

For local police, dial 911