LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY

New Brunswick church provides sanctuary for domestic violence survivors

BY Raven Santana, Correspondent |

The 200-year-old First Reformed Church in New Brunswick is helping domestic violence survivors and their families by providing permanent housing.

Named after Dina Van Bergh, an influential spiritual leader in the New Brunswick community during the late 1700s, Dina’s Dwelling provides a variety of supportive services, including a food and clothing pantry and counseling for educational, career and emotional needs.

According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, in 2016 there were more than 63,000 victims of domestic violence in New Jersey. And, nearly 70% of domestic violence offenses reported don’t result in arrests.