SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Resource Center of Somerset has recently rebranded itself as Safe+Sound Somerset, with a continued goal to break the cycle of violence.
According to a release, the organization was having a problem in that people couldn’t remember its mission when they heard the name. So the agency asked the community to help choose a recognizable name, and Safe+Sound Somerset was born.
More than 42,000 victims of domestic violence are living in Somerset County, the release said, and they rely on Safe+Sound Somerset’s 24-hour hotline for help.
The organization, the release said, surveyed domestic abuse survivors, both teens and adults, and community partners to create its new identity. That new identity includes a soaring kite in bright blue and orange that represents the journey of survivors who face overwhelming obstacles while pursuing a life free of abuse.
The organization empowers survivors during their journeys and provides tools for them to rebuild their lives. There are multilingual services, transitional housing apartments, individual and group counseling services, legal advocacy, a financial empowerment program and more.
The website has been updated at www.safe-sound.org to help victims recognize the cycle of abuse, the release said.
In addition, according to the release, Safe+Sound Somerset has added texting capabilities to its 24-hour hotline to help teens who fall victim to dating abuse that includes violent and verbal abuse, sexual assault and rape.
“When we realized that teens were not reaching out for help, we asked why,” executive director Christine Morrell said in the release. “The answer should have been obvious – teenagers do not talk on the phone, they text.”
Texting is open to anyone, and the organization is also launching an outreach campaign to teens to talk about healthy relationships and warning signs that a relationship may become dangerous.
The agency, the release said, is also reaching out to the hearing impaired to raise awareness.
Safe+Sound has also opened a satellite office in Somerville near the courthouse for clients who need to address legal issues, as well as individuals who rely on public transportation.
For more information, call 866-685-1122, or visit www.safe-sound.org.