Community Resource

Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV)

(201) 336-7575

Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV)

In 2011, 4,521 incidents of domestic violence were reported to the police in Bergen County. The county’s Alternatives to Domestic Violence Division has made great strides in addressing this violence by creating better services for victims and violators of the law.

Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) is a division of the Bergen County Department of Human Services, which is exclusively devoted to domestic violence intervention.

ADV offers a full range of specialized services including:

  • Community education
  • Counseling
  • Court Appearance Preparation
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Information and referral to other needed services
  • Legal advocacy and assistance
  • Professional training

Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) provides services to help the victim, the abuser, and the family caught in the cycle of domestic violence.

  • Crisis Intervention
  • 24-hour crisis hotline
  • Crisis case management
  • Intake assessment


  • Individual
  • Group
  • Family
  • Adolescent

Specific modality will be determined upon review of intake assessment

  • Legal/Other Advocacy
  • Court Appearance Preparation
  • Court Accompaniment Program
  • Legal Consultation
  • Legal referral for representation at restraining order hearing-note there are eligibility requirements
  • Crisis Response Teams

Community Services

  • Prevention Through Education (PTE) - domestic violence, dating abuse, and topical workshops for middle and high school students and college students
  • Professional training on domestic violence and related topics
  • Educational workshops on domestic violence for community groups and organizations

Information and Referral

  • Access to county-wide information bank
  • Statewide / national domestic violence program referral network
  • Partnership Agency: The Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter our Sisters).
Age Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Legal / Advocacy
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety

Last Updated: 01/16/21