OCEAN PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN RECOGNIZES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH WITH CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

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Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc.

Contact:  Mary Jo Buchanan, LCSW, MPA, Executive Director

                (732) 539-7277 (cell) or mjbuchanan@oceanpartnership.org

OCEAN PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN RECOGNIZES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH WITH CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

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October 29, 2021 - TOMS RIVER, N.J – Ocean Partnership for Children held its second annual candlelight vigil in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month.  The vigil was held on Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00 PM on the front lawn of the agency offices at 36 Washington Street, Toms River.  Ocean Partnership staff, board members, and vigil attendees honored those lives lost to domestic violence in Ocean County and demonstrated support for those experiencing domestic violence every day. The vigil program made special note of the inherent resilience of all survivors and emphasized that there is help for those in need. The event incorporated speakers, song, candlelight, a moment of silence, and a closing meditation. Photos of the event can be found here courtesy of Capture the Heart.

Toms River Mayor ‘Mo’ Hill, on behalf of the entire township council, presented an official resolution noting October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Assistant Commissioner for the Children’s System of Care, NJ Department of Children and Families Mollie Greene spoke to the impact of domestic violence on children and families across the entire state particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the increased isolation victims are experiencing. Rachel Johnston, Community Affairs Director at Providence House Domestic Violence Services, informed the crowd about some of services available to victims and survivors in Ocean County.  Also, on display during the vigil were silhouettes (representing those who have passed away from domestic violence) as part of the Silent Witness Initiative. This powerful grassroots initiative began in 1990 as an effort to educate the public on the possible fatal consequences of domestic violence. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in person attendance at the vigil was limited, with masks and social distancing required.  However, the event was live streamed and the and the recording can now be viewed on the Ocean Partnership for Children’s Facebook page. To date the event has nearly 150 views.  

Ocean Partnership for Children is a private, non-profit organization providing care coordination for more than 1,000 youth and families across Ocean County. These resilient youth and families are coping with a multitude of issues including mental health struggles, trauma, substance use, school difficulties, and developmental disabilities. All too often domestic violence is also occurring in the homes of the families that Ocean Partnership for Children serves.

To learn more about Ocean Partnership for Children and the services the agency provides, please visit the website at: https://www.oceanpartnership.org/  or call the agency at (732) 202-1585.  Ocean Partnership for Children’s care management services can be accessed by calling PerformCare 24/7 at 1-877-652-7624