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About DASACC

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The mission of the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center is to help, serve, and advocate for those impacted by interpersonal violence, to be proactive regarding its prevention, and to create positive change. 

We believe all survivors and serve all those who identify as being impacted by interpersonal violence; and we strive to maintain knowledge and sensitivity of the impact of race/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship, disability status, neurodiversity, age, mental health, substance use, and any other aspect which makes a person unique.

Our Philosophy:

The Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center provides services to all who identify as being impacted by interpersonal violence; and we strive to maintain knowledge and sensitivity of the impact of race/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship, disability status, neurodiversity, age, mental health, substance use, and any other aspect which makes a person unique. 

Victims and their support network are entitled to safety, confidentiality and reasonable access to our services. We understand that our clients know what is best for themselves and can make their own decisions. This agency will empower and encourage clients to lead their own autonomous lives. We do not victim-blame.  We provide temporary safe shelter for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

We provide the highest level of service to meet client needs. We encourage and rely on our partnership with clients to give us direction for the provision of services. We will make appropriate referrals when services needed are beyond the scope of the agency.

 

Regardless of individual professional certification, all staff and volunteers must follow the ethical guidelines of the Board of Social Workers, as well as the American Counseling Association, and those set forth by funders, as appropriate.

 

To carry out our mission, financial support will be sought from federal, state, and local governments; community and corporate entities; private individuals; and fundraising activities.

If you or someone you know is being hurt, we can help. 

24/7 Helpline/Hotline: 908-453-4181

Web Chat: https://www.dasacc.org/web-chat

Outreach Office: 29C Broad Street Washington, NJ 07882

Our Mission

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The mission of the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center is to help, serve, and advocate for those impacted by interpersonal violence, to be proactive regarding its prevention, and to create positive change. 

We believe all survivors and serve all those who identify as being impacted by interpersonal violence; and we strive to maintain knowledge and sensitivity of the impact of race/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship, disability status, neurodiversity, age, mental health, substance use, and any other aspect which makes a person unique.

Our Philosophy & Free Services

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Our Philosophy: The Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center provides services to all who identify as being impacted by interpersonal violence; and we strive to maintain knowledge and sensitivity of the impact of race/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship, disability status, neurodiversity, age, mental health, substance use, and any other aspect which makes a person unique. 

Victims and their support network are entitled to safety, confidentiality and reasonable access to our services. We understand that our clients know what is best for themselves and can make their own decisions. This agency will empower and encourage clients to lead their own autonomous lives. We do not victim-blame.  We provide temporary safe shelter for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

We provide the highest level of service to meet client needs. We encourage and rely on our partnership with clients to give us direction for the provision of services. We will make appropriate referrals when services needed are beyond the scope of the agency.

 

Regardless of individual professional certification, all staff and volunteers must follow the ethical guidelines of the Board of Social Workers, as well as the American Counseling Association, and those set forth by funders, as appropriate.

 

To carry out our mission, financial support will be sought from federal, state, and local governments; community and corporate entities; private individuals; and fundraising activities.

All of our services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.  We do not bill insurance.

Client's Rights & Confidentiality

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DASACC Confidentiality

DASACC is committed to maintaining complete confidentiality of both your verbal communication and written records. We do reserve the right to discuss your case between different departments to determine how we can best support you. There are a few possible exceptions to maintaining confidentiality, as staff are required by law to report the situations listed below, even if you do not give permission to share or report the situation:

 

  • Duty to Warn and Protect: If you (or your children) disclose intentions or a plan to harm another person, staff is required to warn the intended victim and/or report this information to legal authorities. If you (or your children) disclose or imply a plan for suicide, staff is required to notify the appropriate social service and/or legal authorities in order to make reasonable attempts to stop you or your children from carrying out the plan.

  • Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults: If you state or suggest that you are abusing a child (or vulnerable adult) or have recently abused a child (or vulnerable adult), or a child (or vulnerable adult) is in danger of abuse, staff is required to report this information to the appropriate social service and/or legal authorities.

  • If due to a lawsuit DASACC service and/or counseling records are subpoenaed, DASACC will not release information without your signed consent or a court order. We can also discuss obtaining a protective order to help maintain confidentiality of your records. Please let us know if you are in this kind of situation so that we can take the utmost care possible to protect your privacy.

 

Staff and advocates will make every effort to inform you of any reporting requirements prior to having conversations with you and will tell you when they must make a report and what information will be shared. Even when these reports are made, DASACC will not share information beyond what is required by law. 

 

Client’s Responsibility of Confidentiality

As a client of DASACC, we request that you keep other information learned and/or shared about other clients confidential. If now, or at any point, you are a resident of DASACC’s shelter please keep the shelter location confidential during and beyond your residency.

Agency Confidentiality

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Agency Policies and Client’s Rights 

As a client of the Domestic Abuse Sexual Assault Crisis Center (DASACC), you have the following rights regarding the confidentiality of your personal information and communications with DASACC staff and volunteers:

  • The information that you provide to DASACC will be kept confidential to the greatest extent allowed by law.

  • You may choose what information you want to provide to DASACC. You will not be denied access to services if you choose to not provide certain identifying information.

  • The information that you provide to DASACC, including your name, address, phone number, and other personal information will not be shared with other individuals or agencies outside of DASACC without your permission. 

  • Records are kept in a secure location and are only accessible to staff. Your caseworker/counselor may discuss your case with staff in different departments in an effort to determine how to best support you.  At no time are your records shared with other outside agencies. No information is released without written consent from you.  

  • Some general information about the types of services provided and overall demographics (e.g., age and income ranges, average number of children, ethnicities) of people that utilize DASACC’s services must be shared with the agencies and grants that fund DASACC. However, information that specifically could identify you as someone who used DASACC’s services will never be shared unless specifically authorized in writing by you. 

  • After your intake with DASACC, you may choose to be referred to other agencies for additional help and support. DASACC will help assist you in accessing needed services. 

  • You can decide how much or how little of your personal information DASACC will or will not share with each agency. If you choose to have DASACC share some of your personal information with an agency, you will be told exactly how and what information will be shared and will be asked to sign DASACC’s Release of Information. DASACC staff will also discuss how the disclosure may affect the advocate/client privilege. If you later decide that you don’t want the information you have provided to be shared with any of the agencies, inform DASACC staff and all communication will immediately cease. 

  • All services provided by DASACC are free and voluntary. As a client of DASACC, you may end services at any time.

Counselor’s Disclosure and Client’s Rights

  1. All of DASACC’s ‘counselors’ have acquired a Masters level education and are either licensed by the state of NJ or are working toward licensure. Skill sets vary between counselors, some are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and/or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  Counselors will only use methodologies they are trained in when working with you and your children. A separate informed consent agreement is required for either of these two modalities.

  2. If outside-of-agency-supervision is used to support a counselor’s licensure and/or work in specific modalities, no identifying information about you or your family will be shared at any time with non-staff supervisors/consultants, unless for some reason you have explicitly requested your information be shared, and have signed a Release of Information (ROI) authorizing the counselor to do so.

 

Child Safety Policy

 

DASACC is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and youth accessing services. 
To ensure the safety of children, DASACC has developed the following guidelines:

  1. No child can be left alone at the agency under the age of 16. Parents/guardians or a pre-approved caregiver must be present in the building when a child is in counseling.  

  2. Children under the age of 7 must be supervised while the parent/guardian is receiving counseling.

  3. Children age 7 and older do not need direct supervision and may wait in the waiting room. Staff will not be behind closed doors with a child unless it is for counseling or childcare. The parent/guardian must give permission prior to the start of either service. 

  4. Staff will not change diapers/clothing or take a child to the bathroom.

  5. DASACC has a no touching policy but understands that when working with younger children they may need to be soothed by touching or sitting on a lap.  Staff has been trained on appropriate touching.

 

Appointments and Cancellations

 

Services are free to those affected by domestic violence and/or sexual violence. Your appointment time is reserved specifically for you so please try to arrive on time.  Typically, a counseling session will last 45 to 50 minutes and will be scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  If you cannot make your appointment, please call DASACC’s hotline (908-453-4181) at least 24 hours in advance.  If you do not show or cancel three consecutive appointments, your appointment time with the counselor you have been matched will not be held. In order to resume services, you will need to arrange for a new intake at which point you can discuss your desire to begin counseling again, potentially at a new time with a new counselor, depending upon availability.

 

Phone Calls Between Sessions

 

Please call DASACC’s hotline (908-453-4181) if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, need additional services, or are in danger. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. 

 

Professional Boundaries

 

In order to do no harm, it is essential for all staff to maintain appropriate boundaries with clients. Touching between the counselor and the client is not appropriate in most situations and is not endorsed by the agency.

 

Electronic Communication

 

As part of practicing confidentiality under the Violence Against Women Act, DASACC will limit the use of technology (e.g. email, text messages, etc.) for services, because electronic communication poses potential risks and safety concerns. 

 

As part of DASACC’s commitment to safeguard client information, staff will generally not communicate with you via written electronic means (e.g. email, text message, etc.) as it is not a secure way to communicate. The exception to this policy during COVID-19, is that when signing intake paperwork and ‘Releases of Information’ (ROIs) is not logistically possible in person, we will collect client signatures via email using our administrative email address (dasacc_admin@dasacc.org) in order to complete the necessary paperwork.

 

 

Specifically regarding emergencies, please remember that staff phone numbers and emails are not monitored 24/7 and therefore are not appropriate to report emergency information or concerns for safety. Please call 911 or the hotline (908-453-4181) to speak with an advocate directly if you need immediate support.

 

 

Remote Services

 

As a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, DASACC is currently offering remote services. If you choose to have services via phone or a secure video platform, a staff member will safety plan with you around remote services including increasing the security utilized on your device. There are inherent risks to using technology for communication, so please be aware that confidentiality could potentially be breached by internet service providers or those who have access to your account or device. Confidential services are between you and staff, and services do not allow for additional people to be present in the room with you. DASACC operates out of the State of New Jersey and is governed by the laws of the state. Please inform staff if you are outside of the State of New Jersey during your session, as it is illegal and unethical for staff to provide services outside of the state that they are licensed in.  

 

Questions and/or Concerns

 

If you have any questions or concerns about this notice or your rights, or if you have concerns about the quality of your care or that your confidential information was released without consent, please contact Jill Zinckgraf, Executive Director, at 908-453-4121, ext. 311.

Our Services

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All of our services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.  We do not bill insurance.

Emergency Shelter

Our safe house provides temporary housing for those in imminent danger.  The house is a seven bedroom facility with a full kitchen, playroom and living room.  Programming includes counseling and case management. The shelter has a kennel that consists of three units and can cater to house pets of different sizes. These units all have heating and cooling.

24/7 Helpline:  908.453.4181

The helpline can be used to speak with a trained advocate, schedule appointments with staff, and provide information about resources available to survivors.  

24/7 Web Chat

Click here to chat online with a trained advocate who can provide you with crisis support related to interpersonal violence.

Individual and Group Counseling (in-person, teleconferencing or telephone appointments)

Our counselors utilize an empowerment, strength-based approach to help guide you on the path you choose.  We recognize that you are the expert in your life and we are only there to provide resources, support and information.  Our groups can help you connect with people in similar situations, learn new skills, or learn to take care of yourself.  To set up an intake, please call our helpline. Includes specializations in LGBTQIA+ interpersonal violence, drug and alcohol addiction, vulnerable populations including elder abuse, and mental health.

24/7 Sexual Assault Response Team Advocates

Trained, confidential advocates can respond to police stations and hospitals to meet with survivors to discuss forensic exams and protective orders and create individualized safety plans. Survivors can ask for an advocate at any law enforcement agency or hospital or activate us through the helpline.

24/7 Domestic Violence Response Team Advocates

Trained, confidential advocates can respond to local police stations to meet with survivors to discuss restraining orders, services available, and create an individualized safety plan. Survivors can ask for an advocate at any local or state police building.

Legal Advocacy (in-person, teleconferencing or telephone appointments) 

Our trained advocates meet with plaintiffs at the Belvidere Superior Court on Thursdays to discuss the court procedure, create a safety plan, and provide resources. We can also provide referrals for other legal resources.

Case Management

Our case management supports survivors long-term goals regarding housing, finances, employment, and education using a strength-based, trauma informed, empowerment model. 

Primary Prevention

Our primary prevention utilizes evidence-based techniques for students in grades K-12 and in college.  We have one time presentations about dating violence and healthy relationships, healthy boundaries, and consent and sexual assault.   We have our 9 session Media Literacy program which focuses on understanding media messages regarding interpersonal violence and how to be an active upstander.  

Outreach Workshops and Trainings 

We can provide free, customized trainings for your place of business or agency. Our Safer Warren County campaign includes the trainings: Pets & Domestic Violence, Identifying & Responding to Interpersonal Violence,  Elder Abuse & Neglect, and Bystander Intervention.  By completing one of these four 2-hour trainings you also receive a 4x6 sticker to put in your place of business to show that you're a safe place for survivors to turn to for help and that you do not tolerate violence in our community.   Other trainings that can be done include: Sexual Assault & Consent, Domestic Violence 101, Safety Planning, Children and Domestic Violence, Gender and Media, Healthy Masculinity, Human Trafficking, Interpersonal Violence and Substance Use, and LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity and Competency. 

Wardrobe of Hope Clothing Boutique 

Our free clothing boutique is open every other Tuesday from 4-7pm by appointment only.

Community Resources and Questions & Concerns

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Community Resources

Children's Services

NORWESCAP Head Start/Early Head Start Program

Phillipsburg: (908) 454-5936 or 213 3422

Washington: (908) 689-4668 or 689-4670

Provides an early education childhood program.

 

Catholic Charities

Phillipsburg:  (908) 454-2071

 

Project First Step

Washington: (908) 689-4542 ext, 225

Early intervention program for infants to three years old with developmental delays and disabilities.

 

Family Support Organization

Washington: (908) 223-1191

Family-friendly support services, education, and advocacy for families of children with special emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.

 

Homelessness 

ARC

Warren County: (908) 689-7525 

Residential services for men and women with developmental disabilities.

 

Easter Seals

Washington: (908) 689-6600

Supportive housing, case management, and mental health care for individuals with mental illness.

 

Family Promise

Oxford Township: (908) 453-2194

Provides emergency shelter, meals, and other support. Helps locate and secure housing, employment, and job training.

NORWESCAP Housing

Warren County:  (908) 454-7000 ext. 1600

 

Phillipsburg Housing Authority

Phillipsburg: (908) 859-0122

 

Phillipsburg Rental Assistance

Phillipsburg: (908) 454-5500 ext. 343

 

Social Services

Belvidere: (908) 475-6301

 

Mental Health Facility

Washington: (908) 689-1000

 

Warren County Rental Assistance

Warren County:  (908) 475-3989

Immigration

American Friends Service Committee

Newark:  (973) 643-1924

Immigrant Rights Program - Provides legal representation in challenging immigration cases.

 

Immigration Representation Project Legal Services of New Jersey

Edison:  (732) 572-9100  

 

Legal/Victim Services

Warren County Legal Services

Belvidere:  (908) 475-2010

www.lsnj.org

 

Warren County Court Family Division

Belvidere:  (908) 750-8100 ext. 3

 

Warren County Prosecutor’s Office

Belvidere:  (908) 475-6275

 

Office of Victim Witness Advocacy

Belvidere:  (908) 475-6284

Women’s Law

www.Womenslaw.org

Womenslaw@NNEDV.org

Mental Health Counseling

Catholic Charities

Phillipsburg:  (908) 859-5447

 

Center for Assessment and Treatment

Hackettstown:  (908) 852-5858

Family Guidance Center

Crisis Line: 24 hours (908) 454-5141

Phillipsburg:  (908) 454-4470

 

NORWESCAP Family Success Center

Phillipsburg: (908) 454-7000

Bilingual Line: (908) 213-2723od Banks

Please call before visiting

 

People Helping People in Need

Philipsburg: (973) 998-6327 

372 S. Main St.

Philipsburg, NJ 08865

 

Food Banks

Please call before visiting

Belvidere

Belvidere United Methodist Church 

(908) 475-4065

219 Hardwick Street

 

Blairstown                   

Blairstown United Methodist Church 

(908) 362-6693

10 Stillwater Road

 

Hackettstown

Trinity United Methodist Church 

(908) 852-3020

213 Main Street

 

Drakestown Church 

(908) 852-4460

6 Church Road

 

Seventh Day Adventist Church 

(973) 214-7262 

927 Route 517

 

Phillipsburg

Branching out Food Pantry        

(908) 454-2579

340 Anderson Street

 

Calvary Bible Fellowship Church 

(908) 995-7678

191 Route 627

 

Catholic Charities                      

(908) 859-5447

372 S. Main Street

Fellowship Outreach 

(908) 859-6464

300 Cromwell Street

 

River of Life Church                   

(908) 213-1377

445 S. Main Street 

 

Abilities-Branching Out Food Pantry

(908) 454-2579

340 Anderson Street
 

St. Luke’s Food Pantry              

(908) 859-1479 

500 Hillcrest Blvd. 

Questions and/or Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about this notice or your rights, or if you have a concern that your confidential information was disclosed without consent, please contact Jill Zinckgraf, Executive Director of DASACC, at 908-453-4121, ext. 311.

If you are experiencing suicidal ideation, we encourage you to visit this community resource that may be better suited to meet your needs:


Family Guidance Crisis Line: 908-454-5141 

If this is an emergency, please dial 911.