Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault

Sexual assault and intimate partner/domestic violence can impact both physical and mental health for the abused and their family members. High levels of stress, depression, and anxiety are common in these situations and seeking counseling can help to increase self-esteem, improve decision making skills, and practice self care.

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is any physical, verbal, economic, or emotional abuse inflicted by a significant other (boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, dating partner). You do not have to be living together, and it does not need to be a committed relationship. If you have experienced issues of control and coercion, it likely qualifies as intimate partner violence. Counseling can help you work through issues, find self-empowerment, and encourage you to be resourceful. 

Women between the ages of 18-24 are the group most likely to experience IPV. Dating violence, starting as early as middle school, is common, and can often carry into the college and adult years.  Please see this information sheet at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for more information about how young women are affected by IPV.

Why Come to Counseling with me?

I am currently pursuing the NJ Domestic Violence Specialist certificate, and focusing my doctoral studies on intimate partner violence and sexual assault. I have also created campaigns on college campuses to promote the work of national DV and IPV organizations and to train students, staff, and faculty. I am passionate about working with those who have been or who continue to be abused. Together we can help you find balance, meaning, and strength.

Until further notice, all sessions are virtual. Please call me to discuss whether this is a suitable option for your needs.

I can provide important and helpful resources for those looking to leave abusive relationships. However, I do not provide legal services/protection or housing- I will gladly provide you with the necessary referrals for these services. 

Workshops and Educational Sessions

If you would like to schedule a workshop for your students/teens to educate them about IPV/DV and healthy relationships please contact me for more information.

RESOURCES

If you feel that you or your family are currently in danger please contact your local police department immediately.

Below are additional resources for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence assistance:

New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline
1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233)
24 hours a day/7 days a week

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Hotline
1 (800) 601-7200
24 hours a day/7 days a week

Women’s Referral Central Hotline
1 (800) 322-8092
24 hours a day/7 days a week

Legal Services of New Jersey Domestic Violence Representation Project:
(888) LSNJ-LAW (888) 576-5529
Central Jersey Legal Services (908) 354-4340
Website:  www.LSNJLawHotline.org