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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office recognizes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2021

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2021, members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office joined leaders of the law enforcement and victim advocate community for a virtual conference to discuss how to best help the victims of crime, and the impact the COVID-19 public health emergency has had on services and vulnerable citizens.

Speakers included Diane Williams, President and CEO of JBWS Safety, Support & Solutions for Abuse; Maria Vinci Savettiere, Esq., Executive Director of Deirdre’s House, The Center for Morris County’s Child Victims; Carolyn Dean, Director of Community Outreach and Support at NewBridge Services, and Morris County Commissioner Director Stephen H. Shaw.


Marking its 40th anniversary this year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is intended to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlighting programs, celebrating progress achieved, and honoring victims, the professionals, and agencies who serve them. This year, the theme is “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.” The theme recommits to honoring those values and embraces the opportunity to raise awareness of victims’ rights with fairness, dignity and respect.

As a visual reminder of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has a lit tree outside of the Administration & Records Building from April 18 through April 24, 2021 in honor of all of the victims of crime in Morris County. Serving as a small beacon of hope, a wreath adorned with a “2021 in Recognition and Remembrance” ribbon has been placed next to the tree.

Commissioner Director Shaw presented a copy of the Proclamation recognizing Crime Victims’ Rights Week approved by the Commissioners.

Acting Prosecutor Carroll said, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to helping get victims through these very trying times, as they are involuntarily pulled into the criminal justice system. One of the steps we are taking at the county level is participating in a working group, as directed by the Attorney General, intended to review our mental health programs. The purpose is to work with all of our agencies to develop a ‘Mental Health Toolbox’ – the identification of resources and connections to unite the people who are in need with services that are available. Conditions created by the pandemic health emergency have amplified cases of domestic violence, child abuse and a rise in suicide ideation and suicides by youth. Below are services available to Morris County residents and members of the public, even during this time of social distancing.”

Suicide Prevention Services:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – 24/7, Provides free and confidential support for people in distress & prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
  • NJ Hopeline (Suicide Prevention), 1-855-654-6735, Whatever you’re going through, feeling, or thinking, we are here to listen and support you. Don’t face it alone.
  • Morris County Crisis Hotline, 973-625-6150 (office line) 973-625-6160 (24 hour hotline), 24/7 Psychiatric Emergency Services team
  • NJ Mental Health CARES, 1-866-202-HELP (4357), 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm, emotional support during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Crisis Text Line, Text 741 741 for 24/7 support
  • Disaster Mental Health Helpline, 1-877-294-HELP (4357), resource for persons seeking mental health services and information regarding other resources.
  • Cop 2 Cop, 1-866-267-2267, a law enforcement and family support line.
  • Hope Hub, 973-590-0266, a multidisciplinary panel made up of law enforcement, social services, mental health services, healthcare providers, treatment providers and recovery specialists.

Domestic Violence Services:

  • JBWS Safety, Support & Solutions for Abuse, 973-267-7520, 24 hour Helpline: 1-877-R-U-ABUSED, Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text 973-314-4192, Email Address: info@jbws.org
  • Morris Family Justice Center, 10 Court Street, Administration & Records Building 4th Floor, Morristown, NJ, 973-829-4050,
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE TTY 1-800-787-3224,
  • Legal Services of New Jersey Domestic Violence Representation Project: (888) LSNJ-LAW (888) 576-5529, New Jersey Legal Services assists victims who cannot afford legal advice and/or representation.
  • State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families—Domestic Violence Services, 

Substance Use Disorder Services:

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress HelpLine, 1-800-985-5990 (24/7), provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • NJ Addiction Services Hotline, 1-844-276-2777 (24/7)
  • NJ Connect for Recovery, 1-855-652-3737, a helpline for family and friends,
  • Northern New Jersey Alcohol Anonymous, 1-800-245-1377,
  • AL-Anon Family Groups, 1-888-944-5678,
  • Peer Recovery Warmline, 1-877-292-5588, answered by trained mental health peers, people with lived experience who are in recovery. Call for support and information.
  • Hope One – CARES, 973-625-1143, , our mobile recovery access vehicle offers critical support for persons struggling with addiction, with the goals of preventing drug overdoses and deaths, as well as mental health services.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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