This event is hosted by the NASW-NJ Middlesex Unit.
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Topic: Overview of Women Aware Services and Dynamics of Domestic Violence
Instructors: Maliha Janjua, MSW, LCSW, DVS
Women Aware is the lead Domestic Violence agency in Middlesex County, NJ, providing free and confidential services. Domestic Violence is a Public Health and Social Justice issue and is present in every country across all borders and cuts across all boundaries of class, socio-economic, ethnicity, and age. Domestic violence is the use of a pattern of coercive control and includes, but is not limited to physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, and economic abuse. Society places blame on survivors of domestic violence for “staying” in abusive relationships, but do not take into account the difficulties and hardships that may arise leaving an abusive person.
The presenter will further discuss how trauma informed care is important in working with survivors of domestic violence and take into account barriers they may face seeking help.
Maliha Janjua, MSW, LCSW, DVS, joined Women Aware in 2010 as a case manager for the Safe House Program. Maliha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified DV Specialist. In her current role as the Director of Client Services, she oversees the Non-residential and Residential Services at Women Aware, including the Domestic Violence Liaisons, the Safe House, and Peace: A Learned Solution (PALS) Programs. Ms. Janjua has worked in the capacity of Domestic Violence Liaison to the Middlesex County DCP&P offices and Women Aware. Ms. Janjua has developed and provided training on various topics related to educating the community on the dynamics of domestic violence including, DCP&P staff, Social Services, Administrative Offices of the Court, Law Enforcement, Universities, local schools, other community providers, and National Conferences. She is bilingual in Urdu and Hindi.