Never Alone Again
Never Alone Again is a New Jersey not-for-profit agency dedicated to the goal of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and the devastating impact that often goes with it. As part of that effort, Never Alone Again works with communities and families across New Jersey to address the roots of violence.
Since 2009, NAAG has provided critical intervention, compassionate care, legal referrals, therapeutic solutions, educational outreach and consistent, seamless support to women and children whose lives have been shattered by domestic abuse.
What is Domestic Violence?
We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc are types of physical abuse. This type of abuse also includes denying a partner or forcing alcohol and/or upon him or her.
Sexual Abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. Sexual abuse includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.
Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual's sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing one's abilities, name-calling, or damaging one's relationship with his or her children.
Economic Abuse: Is defined as making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding one's access to money .
Psychological Abuse: Elements of psychological abuse include - but are not limited to - causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner's family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends, and/or work.Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together. Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. Children, who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those seriously affected by this . Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life - therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers.
Sources: National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Center for Victims of Crime, and WomensLaw.org.
The Association has estimated that over 4 million are victims of severe assault by their each year. This is only on reports that reflect severe assaults. Assaults that do not to hospitalization, ARE NOT REPORTED!
Remember, if you are being abused:
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- IT IS NOT
HELP IS AVAILABLE
National Domestic Violence Hotline