The DREAM Program’s Impact On Domestic Violence Survivors

Let’s celebrate the DREAM program, which has significantly improved family bonding and communication among domestic violence-affected families.

Family Connections is an organization that has been instrumental in transforming lives within our community. Their DREAM program, designed for children exposed to domestic violence, has made a significant impact on families participating in it. The result? An amazing 100% improvement in family bonding and communication. That’s a statistic to celebrate! 

The Power of the DREAM Program

The DREAM program provides domestic violence survivors and their children with invaluable resources such as art therapy classes and counseling. These tools are not just therapeutic; they foster stronger family ties and open channels of communication. The program also extends group support to survivors and their children, creating a nurturing environment for healing and growth.

Collaborative Efforts Against Domestic Violence

Family Connections doesn’t work alone. The organization collaborates with numerous domestic violence shelters both within and beyond Essex County. By providing various resources to participants, Family Connections amplifies its efforts in combating domestic violence and its effects on families.

New Jersey Domestic Violence: Alarming Statistics

In 2019, New Jersey reported some concerning statistics about domestic violence:

  • 59,645 domestic violence offenses were reported by the police
  • Domestic violence murders increased by 3 percent compared to the previous year
  • Children were actively involved or present during 25 percent of all domestic violence incidents occurring in 2019
  • The number of domestic violence complaints that had prior court orders issued against the offender increased from 9,853 in 2018 to 10,761 in 2019
  • Alcohol and/or drugs were involved in 22 percent (12,898) of the reported offenses

These numbers underscore the importance of programs like DREAM, which aim to mitigate the effects of domestic violence on survivors and their families.

How You Can Help

The reality of domestic violence is a pressing issue that requires collective efforts. By giving to the Holiday Fund, a supporter of Family Connections, you are making a difference in the lives of families who are victims of domestic violence. Your support can help Family Connections continue to provide resources and programs like DREAM, contributing to stronger, healthier families in our community.

You can contribute to the continued success of Family Connections and ten other critical agencies in New Jersey by donating to the Holiday Fund

Your generous contribution will go a long way in changing lives and building stronger communities. Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at holidayfund.org/give.

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