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Dottie's House

Dottie's House

About Dottie's House

Because Love Shouldn't Hurt

Our Program

Our two-year program aims to help domestic violence survivors escape abuse and become emotionally & financially independent. Program services offered:

  • Opportunity to reside in a private apartment within a secure building at a confidential location
  • Weekly case management with a clinical social worker
  • Program services include domestic violence groups, individual and group counseling for the women and children, sand play therapy, therapeutic art classes and play groups, tutoring, life skills classes and visits with a therapy dog
  • Weekly therapy sessions for women and children provided by a licensed therapist
  • Assistance with referrals for social services, childcare, schooling, and legal issues
  • Community Partnership Program with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ocean County for children ages 5 and up

Upon graduation from the program, all household items and furniture from the apartment belong to the participant so that they can more easily begin a violence-free life outside of the facility.

Property Features

  • 17 Apartments
  • 10 two-bedroom apartments
  • 6 three-bedroom apartments
  • 1 one-bedroom apartment
  • Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and a washer/dryer that allows each family to have their own private residence in one common facility that is safe and secure.
  • 24 Hour Security Monitoring
  • Private Counseling Rooms
  • Computer Room for job search and training
  • Art Therapy Room
  • Community Room for group counseling, meetings, tutoring, and more.
  • Enclosed Playground
  • Courtyard

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be homeless
  • Survivor of domestic violence must have left her abuser or is unable to leave the abuser without the support of the Transitional Housing Program
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have primary residential custody of any children who would be living at Dottie’s House
  • Demonstrate a desire to be self-sufficient (independent from abuser)
  • Be alcohol and drug free for a minimum of one year
  • Willing to confirm to rules & regulations of the program
  • Willing to sign all necessary documents
  • Able to participate in all capacities during residency
  • Able to work full-time
  • Considered low-income or unable to provide adequate housing and support for herself and her children
  • Comply with background check
  • Have own transportation or can arrange for transportation if needed

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