The Shelter provides an immediate safe-haven and support services at a critical time after a traumatic experience for women and their children with short-term emergency housing in a secure, comfortable, welcoming environment. The confidential location allows victims of domestic abuse to begin to recover and plan for a life free of violence. Shelter staff provides individual and group counseling for clients and their children, along with information and social service referral services.
Each shelter client is paired with a Client Advocate during their residency to work on emergent needs and personal goals. A Housing Advocate meets individually with each woman to determine housing needs. Children are served by a Children’s Advocate. An optional Home-School program for school-age children is available on site if that is the mother’s educational preference for her children. Womanspace is proud to provide the first and only home-school program in a New Jersey domestic violence shelter.
The non-denominational Chaplaincy program, another unique Womanspace program in NJ, is available to shelter clients. Women can stay in our emergency shelter for up to one month. Our objective is to allow women who have been joined together because of difficult, yet similar circumstances to have the opportunity in a spiritual, compassionate and nonjudgmental forum to share and reflect on their circumstances. Clients can participate in a bi-monthly group and/or individual counseling sessions.