New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women

NJ Coalition Logo“As Creative Arts Therapists working with children affected by domestic violence, we have found that including the parent-child dynamic as part of the treatment is vital. Not only does it strengthen the parent-child bond, but it provides an opportunity for appropriate roles within the family to be restored and supports the client’s ability to reach their identified treatment goals. We often see that children affected by domestic violence take on parentified or regressed roles within their family, due to trauma and due to the non-offending parent having their power taken away.” –Therapist

The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women is expanding an established model program for children who have been exposed to domestic violence.  The Peace:  A Learned Solution (PALS) program provides children ages 3 through 12 with creative arts therapy to help them heal from exposure to domestic violence. The PALS Expansion project is working with eleven NJ counties to ensure that the therapeutic intervention being provided is evidenced based through conducting a fidelity scale and outcome evaluation. The programs are being provided with intensive technical assistance and training to improve their practice.  A pilot PALS program is being conducted for adolescents ages 13 -17 to gauge the effectiveness of the creative arts therapy with teens exposed to domestic violence.

Programs Implementing PALS:

Atlantic: The Women’s Center

Bergen: Shelter Our Sisters

Burlington/Ocean: Providence House

Camden: Camden County Women’s Center (NJ Association on Correction)

Essex: Family Connections

Hunterdon: Safe in Hunterdon

Middlesex: Women Aware

Monmouth: 180 Turning Lives Around

Passaic: Passaic County Women’s Center (NJ Association on Correction)

Union: YWCA of Eastern Union County