Giving Back

Press Releases

SAVE of Essex County Selected as Outstanding Non-Profit by NECC

95db097cb0e5471d94c0_Optimized-20170608-230.jpg
95db097cb0e5471d94c0_Optimized-20170608-230.jpg

The North Essex Chamber of Commerce has named SAVE of Essex County as an Outstanding Non-Profit or Charitable Organization. The award was given at the Chamber’s 2017 Leadership Recognition Banquet at the Manor in West Orange on June 8.

The Montclair-based SAVE of Essex County, a program of Family Service League, is dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual violence through a variety of services. It operates a confidential, 24-hour hotline for victims and their families and loved ones, as well as for health care and law enforcement professionals

SAVE staff members and volunteer advocates accompany victims of sexual violence to hospital emergency departments, police stations and courts and offers information, referrals and guidance to victims about their rights and responsibilities. This includes Information about medical and legal procedures like forensic exams and the use of rape kits, and issues of compensation, privacy, and safety. All victims are also provided with a “rape care package” consisting of clothing, toiletries, water, and snacks to replace what the police take as evidence and to help them restore their dignity after an assault has occurred. SAVE’s specially trained therapists offer counseling for victims.  

Sign Up for E-News

SAVE also offers training for hospital staff, EMS, police and court officials on responding to victims of sexual violence. The organization promotes awareness about sexual violence through outreach and prevention education at middle and high schools and universities, and through health fairs and community-based organizations.

All this is provided at no cost to the community. SAVE gets is funded largely by the state. Each county receives similar funding, though the number of cases in Essex County is always among the highest in New Jersey. In 2016, SAVE received 3,122 total calls to its hotline and accompanied 164 victims to hospital emergency departments, precincts, and courts. Eighty-nine sexual violence survivors and their significant others received a total of 1,157 counseling sessions.

“We are honored to be have been recognized by the North Essex Chamber of Commerce for the comprehensive services that we provide to survivors of sexual violence. As the county’s only sexual violence center, we rely on the support from the community to help us keep our vital work going.” said Christine Ferro-Saxon, executive director.

To learn more about ways to contribute, please visit www.familyserviceleague.org or e-mail info@familyserviceleague.org.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Original Pancake House of West Caldwell Evacuated in Possible Pepper Spray Incident

May 20, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Original Pancake House in West Caldwell was evacuated early Saturday afternoon due to a possible pepper spray incident that caused ambulances from the West Essex, Verona and Bloomfield First Aid Squads to assist at the scene.

Bianca Pietro, a West Orange mother of two, said she was seated inside the glass atrium on the south side of the building that faces ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

May 21, 2018

May 14, 2018 – May 20, 2018

On May 14, 2018 at 5:57 p.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle without a front license plate and tinted windows. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 36 year old male driver from Paterson for driving with a suspended license. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On May 15, 2018 at 8:31 a.m., Ptl.

Community Sends Thoughts and Prayers to East Brook Middle School, Paramus Strong

May 17, 2018

PARAMUS, NJ – Around 10:30 AM Thursday morning, a bus filled with East Brook Middle School 5th Grade Students was involved in a motor vehicle accident along I-80 in Mount Olive, NJ. The students were enroute to Waterloo Village for a class field trip. It was initially reported that the bus had collided with a dump truck causing the bus to roll into the median and dislodge from its ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, May 22, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

How to Live Longer and Stay Healthy

Health & Wellness

Wed, May 23, 7:30 PM

Cedar Grove Public Library, Cedar Grove

The Caldwell Railway

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_b4f18dfd4f07fd561026_letslisten7-ellington-mplspecs-revised

Fri, May 25, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library Auditorium, Montclair

Let's Listen to Jazz

Arts & Entertainment

Author Event at Cedar Grove Library

May 16, 2018

Meet Author and Cedar Grove Resident, Lisa Romeo at the Cedar Grove Library on Thursday, May 17 @ 7 pm. as she discusses her new memoir, Starting with Goodbye, which explores grief, love, loss and father/daughter bonds. Come hear about her book, ask questions and enjoy some light refreshments. Books will be available for sale signed by the author.

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...