October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in an effort to help raise awareness and put a spotlight on domestic violence within the community, the Brick Township Council and Mayor John G. Ducey will welcome local organizations and professionals who work with domestic violence victims to the October 22, 2019 Council meeting.

“Domestic violence is a problem that affects every community in America. It affects every gender, every race, every age, every sexual orientation,” said Mayor Ducey. “This month gives all citizens the opportunity to learn about domestic violence, its impact on our communities and how all of us can help educate and empower people to get help and stop the violence.”

Mayor Ducey has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Township Council will be voting on a resolution recognizing the same at the meeting. The proclamation and resolutions will be presented to the guests at the meeting.

In this past year, there have been 3 homicides in Brick Township – all of them domestic in nature, all 3 victims were in relationships with the people who are accused of committing these homicides.  These were not random acts of violence; they were perpetrated by people closest to the victims.

The Township Council and Mayor Ducey have invited Providence House and Dottie’s House to the October 22 Council meeting. Providence House assists residents with emergency assistance in Brick Municipal Court. Dottie’s House provides short-term housing for victims who have fled a violent relationship and need a fresh start. The Township supports both of these organizations with Community Block Development Grant funds.

“Providence House and Dottie’s House are both outstanding organizations that work to help victims of domestic violence and the Council and I are proud to be able to support them through our CDBG program,” said Mayor Ducey.

Also attending and speaking at the October 22 meeting will be Monmouth University Professor and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Lawrence R. Jones. Prior to retiring from the Bench in 2017, Judge Jones served as the President of the New Jersey Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and authored over 60 opinions on novel issues of law, including   significant published and unpublished opinions on issues of domestic and dating violence.  During his years of service on the Bench, Judge Jones also served as a member of the faculty of New Jersey’s Judicial College, and was the creator of the N.J.  Judiciary’s 2016 training program, “Harassment:  Drawing the Line between Domestic Disagreements and Domestic Violence.” Jones was recently appointed  by Monmouth University to create and teach  what is believed to be possibly  the nation’s first-ever undergraduate course  on domestic violence law and social policy at a major university to (a)  be  both developed and taught by a former domestic violence judge.

“It is our hope that raising awareness and providing information gives people who are being abused the strength, courage and knowledge they need for them to seek and receive help before it is too late,” said Mayor Ducey.