Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV)
Bergen County's Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) provides critical non-residential support services to Bergen County residents impacted by domestic violence in their relationships, including prevention education, crisis intervention, legal advocacy, trauma-informed counseling programs, and coordinated community responses to violence.
ADV envisions a Bergen County where all persons, families, and communities are able to access and thrive in safe, equitable, and autonomous relationships.
For over 42 years ADV’s team of dedicated professionals have sought to partner with individuals and groups to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, dating abuse, and other forms of intimate partner violence, through comprehensive service approaches that strategically address the multifaceted causes and effects of abuse in diverse communities, such as prevention education, crisis intervention, legal advocacy, evidence-based counseling programs, and coordinated community responses to violence.
OUR COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION AND EQUITY:
ADV welcomes everyone –and we open our doors to individuals who reach out to us from different cultures, race and ethnicities, from a variety of religious backgrounds, folks with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, folks with hidden or visible disabilities. It is our hope to provide you with the resources you need, and if not, guide you in the right direction and advocate on your behalf.
Many of our services are readily available in English, Spanish, and Korean. For all other languages, interpretation services are available to better assist you.
OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:
24/7 Confidential Crisis Hotline - 201-336-7575:
In need of someone to talk to right now? Our hotline is a free, confidential, 24-hour emotional support and crisis response service for all persons who may be struggling with abuse or unhealthy dynamics in their relationships. Our trained crisis specialists provide callers with quickly accessible information about the warning signs of abuse, how to develop safety plans, and how to access a broad range of services and supports in the community.
Emergency Housing & Relocation Assistance
In need of emergency supports to help you find safe housing, relocate, or navigate community housing programs? ADV advocates can assist you in navigating emergency shelter options, public assistance programs, and other community resources in addition to helping advocate for clients applying for social services. To get support, call the ADV main line: 201-336-7575.
Survivor Services Programs
In need of a safety plan, emotional support, or counseling services to help someone recover from an abusive relationship? ADV's Survivor Services Program provides clients with a variety of pathways to safety and healing all facilitated by skilled, trained counselors and therapists. Free services to support survivors of abuse include:
- Walk-in Services for those needing immediate support and orientation
- Crisis Intervention & Emotional Support Services (ESS) for one-on-one crisis stabilization and targeted support towards short-term goals
- Welcome Groups for hassle-free introductions to community supports and education on abuse dynamics
- Group & Individual Therapy for Survivors of Domestic Violence for those desiring safe spaces to process lived experiences of abuse and to foster opportunities for healing and adaptation
To learn more or sign up for services, call the ADV main line: 201-336-7575.
Legal Assistance & Advocacy
In need of legal education about restraining orders and other legal remedies for survivors of abuse? ADV's trained legal advocate team assist survivors with free services and information to help them with:
- Court Preparation for Temporary/Final Restraining Order court appearances
- Court Accompaniment for plaintiffs seeking Temporary/Final Restraining Orders
- Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project (DVLAP) supports eligible applicants seeking pro bono legal representation.
ADV's legal advocates can also provide clients with information and referrals to community partners that may assist with family law rights and immigration reliefs. To learn more or sign up for services, call the ADV main line: 201-336-7575.
Prevention Through Education (PTE)
In need of education about abuse dynamics and positive bystander intervention strategies for your workplace, classrooms, or organizations? ADV's team of community educators provide free educational workshops and programming about domestic violence and dating abuse, which includes:
- Educational Workshops for Middle School, High School , and College Students
- 40-Hour Training Program for Domestic Violence Victim Advocates
- Professional Trainings for Educators, Administrators, Law Enforcement, & Other Helping Professionals
- Community Education & Outreach Activities
- Healthy Relationship Consultation Services
To learn more, community members can request a workshop through our online form or contact our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, Sian Millard, by calling (201) 336-7526.
Abuse Intervention Programs (AIP)
Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT)
Community Volunteer Program
To access all our services, contact ADV's main office number: 201-336-7575
For more information about ADV's programs and services, visit our official website.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in a relationship and wish to speak to someone, please contact ADV's 24/7 Confidential Crisis Hotline: 201-336-7575.
|Eligibility||ADV services all persons residing, working, or attending school in Bergen County. Our programs cater to all adults 18+ impacted by domestic violence or dating abuse. All survivor services are free of cost. Sliding scale is applied to all services for persons who used force or are court-ordered to our Abuse Intervention Programs. Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) is a division of the Bergen County Department of Human Services.|
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Last Updated: 09/07/23