SAFETY ALERT Please use a computer at a safe location. There is always a computer trail. If you are in danger, call 911,or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 • TTY (800) 787-3224.    



Essex County Family Justice Center  provides coordinated and confidential services to domestic violence victims and their children in one central, safe location.


The horrific and heartbreaking story of the recent murder of Latrena May, a mother and teacher, reveals that all too often homicide is the ultimate act of domestic violence.  Every

survivor of domestic violence lives with the knowledge and fear that this could happen to them.  We need to let survivors know that they are not alone and that they have our full support.  Domestic violence is a community problem that requires the whole community to find solutions. 

Many of us know someone—at our workplace or worship place, a friend, family member, or neighbor—who is living in danger from domestic violence.  If you do, please let that person know that you care.  Three of the most important things you can say to someone in an abusive relationship are: 1) You do not deserve to be treated this way, 2) I am concerned for your safety, and 3) There is help for you. 

If you are experiencing partner abuse or know someone who is, please visit our website for information about help that is available at Essex County Family Justice Center.

Tragic stories like Latrena May’s stress the importance of increased coordination and collaboration from all government agencies, community-based services, and elected officials in order to better protect and help survivors of domestic violence.  We must work together to improve the coordinated community response to domestic violence and prevent fatalities.  

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 Essex County Family Justice Center Grand Opening-Ribbon Cutting Ceremony October 26, 2011.


                                   "Workingtogether to make things better....              

                           Safety, Support, Dignity and Hope."

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Mary Houtsma, Executive Director ECFJC; Filepe Chavana Esq., Executive Director Essex-Newark Legal Services; Casey Gwinn, President, Family Justice Center Alliance.


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 Gael Strack Esq., CEO Family Justice Center Alliance and Mary Houtsma, Exec. Director Essex County Family Justice Center.