Amanda’s Easel offers art, music and play therapy for children and families affected by Domestic Violence
Hazlet, NJ - Amanda’s Easel of 180 Turning Lives Around Inc., participated in the Safe Home Project which will be on display in Trenton at the RJ Hughes Justice Building during Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 21, 2015. The display will include a row of Safe homes handmade by the staff and children of the eleven PALS (Peace A Learned Solution) Programs funded by the NJ Department of Children and Families. These “Safe Homes” represent the key to helping children thrive after witnessing family violence and trauma.
When a parent is abused by their partner, a child lives in fear, instability and confusion. Children are hurt when they see their parent getting hurt, whether it is verbal, physical or emotional. Exposure to Domestic Violence during childhood can have life-long effects such as, poor school performance, drug and alcohol abuse and other emotional problems. Amanda’s Easel is dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse that can exist from generation to generation.
“Something very personal and empowering comes from the engagement in the creative arts process. All children need to feel safe and these therapeutic programs give many survivors and their children a place to begin that healing time”, says Cindi Westendorf, LPC, Program Coordinator, Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program. 180 Turning Lives Around has been serving families in Monmouth County for nearly forty years. The next year also proves to be a crucial one as the agency embarks on the opening of a new safe house. This life saving shelter will house those individuals most in need of safety and protection from abuse and violence.
Amanda’s Easel is one of a variety of programs and services of 180 Turning Lives Around that is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Amanda’s Easel provides creative arts therapies to families living away from the abuse. There is no cost for children ages, 4-14, and their non-offending parent to participate. Different levels of services are offered depending on the needs of the family, including parent skill building, case management and trauma informed counseling. For more information and intake please call 732.264.4111.
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. is a private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in our community. 180 is committed to providing services to individuals and families affected by domestic and sexual violence. In addition, 180 works to mobilize concerned individuals, organizations, and civic and religious groups to join our effort to end violence and abuse through public education, public policy reforms, and training of allied professionals.