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SERV Domestic Violence Safe House

If you are victim of domestic violence and need a safe place to go, call our 24 hour toll free hotline:

Gloucester County:  1-866-295-SERV (7378)

Cumberland County:  1-800-225-0196

SERV is the NJ State Designated Domestic Violence Service Provider in Gloucester and Cumberland Counties. SERV provides emergency safe housing to female victims of domestic violence and their children while they develop plans to lead violence-free lives.  The Safe House provides an opportunity for women and their children to be safe, to access legal counseling, resources and options available to them and draw up a plan for their future while in comfortable, home environment.  

Children’s counseling groups, tutors, parenting groups, nutrition education and other daily activities are available to families in the safe house to help in the healing process.  Services provide the support to empower victims to become survivors.

Information about Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence can include:

  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Intimidation
  • Isolation
  • Verbal abuse or harassment, including disrespectful or demeaning comments
  • Threats against you or another family member
  • Creating disturbances at your place of work
  • Economic Control
  • Harassing telephone calls
  • Spying on you
  • Child abuse
  • Destruction of property or pets

How to protect yourself:

  • Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers
  • Keep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cellular phone that you keep with you at all times
  • If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on the windows
  • Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children
  • Think about where you would go if you need to escape
  • Ask your neighbors to call the police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the police, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on
  • Pack a bag with important things you'd need if you had to leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust
  • Include cash, car keys & important information such as: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immigration papers
  • Tell your friends, family and co-workers

How to protect your children:

  • Teach them not to get in the middle of a fight, even if they want to help
  • Teach them how to get to safety, to call 911, to give your address & phone number to the police
  • Teach them who to call for help
  • Give the principal at school or the daycare center a copy of your court order; tell them not to release your children to anyone without talking to you first; use a password so they can be sure it is you on the phone; give them a photo of the abuser
  • Make sure the children know who to tell at school if they see the abuser
  • Make sure that the school knows not to give your address or phone number to ANYONE