RVCC Service Learning - Domestic Violence Project
SPACE: Students Promoting Awareness, Change and Empowerment
Meeting a Community Need
Over the past 30 years, great strides have been made in providing safety for victims of domestic violence through law enforcement and increased counseling resources. However, according to The Resource Center of Somerset, a private, nonprofit agency that has been serving people affected by domestic abuse in Somerset County for over 30 years, over 73,000 cases of domestic abuse are still reported to police in New Jersey every year. The FBI estimates that this is only 10% of actual cases of domestic abuse. Many cases go unreported or under-reported because of the social stigma and relationship consequences to which the victim is often subjected. In Somerset County alone, over 2,300 cases are reported to and investigated by police.
Awareness is the key to removing the stigma and making it easier to report and ultimately reduce incidences of domestic violence. Proactive programs are needed to increase public awareness so individuals who are victims of abuse, or who know people who are suffering, are provided the information to seek counseling and support.
For additional information regarding Community Need, please visit the Resource Center of Somerset website.