DREAMS of Essex
Confidential to non-FAMILYConnections Staff

Resources

Domestic Violence Resources

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A therapeutic creative arts program for children exposed to domestic violence and their non-offending parents, including art, drama and play therapy, family counseling, parent empowerment, case management, transportation and on-site childcare, all designed to build strong, safe families.

Eligibility & Referral Information

Open to any family in Essex County meeting the requirements below:

Intensive Outpatient Program:

  • Have children ages 3 – 12
  • Are post-separation (the abuser no longer lives in the home)
  • Are able to commit to a number of services that may include:
    • Weekly Parent Empowerment Groups for non-offending parents
    • Twice weekly individual/ family/ group sessions for children

Outpatient Program:

  • Have children from birth and up
  • Are post-separation (the abuser no longer lives in the home)
  • Parental participation

Program Components

DREAMS Intensive Outpatient Program:

  • Comprehensive assessments & individualized treatment planning
  • Safety planning
  • Weekly children’s art, drama, and play therapy in individual, family, and group settings
  • Weekly Parent Empowerment Groups with healthy family meals
  • Case management & assistance with concrete needs
  • Fun family events & activities
  • Transportation assistance & on-site childcare
  • Aftercare groups featuring the Strengthening Families Program

DREAMS Outpatient Program:

  • Comprehensive assessments & individualized treatment planning
  • Safety planning
  • Weekly individualized creative arts therapy for children
  • On-site childcare

Examples of Issues We Address

  • The trauma of abuse
  • Physical and emotional safety
  • Building healthy relationships & coping skills
  • Strengthening family bonds
  • Access to needed services
  • Feeling strong and empowered



Questions?

Contact:  D. Dinneen at
ddinneen@familyconnectionsnj.org