The Middlesex County Center for Empowerment has expanded its free counseling services for survivors of sexual violence to include additional evening and Saturday hours for counseling, as well as counseling in Spanish.
The Center also has announced the launch of a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) sexual violence survivor support group. This group provides a safe and confidential space for LGBTQ survivors to share, listen and heal with the foundation of an accepting and understanding network. The group begins Nov. 11, and is seeking six to eight new members.
Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, chairperson of the County’s Public Safety and Health Committee, said: “Through the Center for Empowerment, we can help those who have experienced the trauma of sexual violence in a safe, caring environment. It’s one way we can address the safety and well-being of our residents, which is always a priority of the Freeholder Board.”
“Expanding counseling programs at the Empowerment Center is a prime example of how Middlesex County meets the changing needs of our residents,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “The groups and individual sessions provide the means to help our residents heal, and for that, I am thankful we can increase these services.”
Saturday and evening hours are available by appointment.
The increased services are made possible by a Federal Social Services Block Grant through the Department of Children and Families-Division on Women as part of the State of New Jersey’s long-term recovery efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
As always, the Center offers its’ Male Survivor and Psychoeducational Group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse support groups. If you are interested in learning more about individual counseling or support groups, please contact the Center’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-665-7273.
The Center for Empowerment is always looking for opportunities to increase awareness about its services and sexual violence prevention. If you would like to arrange a free community presentation, professional training or educational seminar, please call the Center’s 24-hotline to schedule an appearance from one of our staff members.