Stand.Speak.Empower.

Join our year-round campaign to end violence in the community. 

Each year, millions of individuals and families are affected by violence. It can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors. Join us as we shine light on this national epidemic.  As a community, we can take a stand against violence and create an environment in which sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence are unacceptable. 

Our Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) program leads Stand.Speak.Empower, a year round prevention and awareness campaign.

How to Get Involved

Denim Day Fridays

Wear denim on Fridays as a visible sign of support for survivors. Spread the word about Denim Day Fridays and the opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support survivors of violence. Participate in Denim Day Fridays as an individual or start a Denim Dollars Campaign in your office, school, or organization as a call to action for all people to come together by wearing denim as a visible sign of protest. Download our Denim Day Fridays Toolkit and get started!

Denim Day Fridays Toolkit

The history of Denim Day dates back to 1998 when an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into action and protested by wearing jeans to the steps of the Supreme Court. Wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Denim Day was launched in the US in 1999 in California as a prevention and education campaign. Since the states across the country, including New Jersey, have joined in this effort. 

 

 
All Stand.Speak.Empower and Denim Dollars Campaign proceeds make it possible for Center For Family Services to operate our 24 hour live sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking hotline, provide advocate accompaniments to hospital emergency rooms, police stations, college campuses, and to court, offer individual and group counseling, provide safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, and implement a prevention program so that violence is no longer a public health epidemic.