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The Piscataway Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Team (DVCIT) is seeking assistance in bringing Remote Control, a nationally recognized theater based relationship violence prevention program into Piscataway. We anticipate offering three presentations of this production to the combined audience of 1,100 7th and 8th grade students at the three middle schools in Piscataway, and to our community at large.

The Piscataway DVCIT has been in existence since 1995, established to provide services to abused women and their children at time of crisis.  Our mission is 1) to provide supportive and informative counseling, comfort and support, referrals and resources to all victims of domestic violence, including those in dating relationships, and to offer emergency shelter to battered women and their children, 2) to provide information on the legal process enabling victims to make informed choices within its system, 3) to act as victim advocates, and 4) to provide family violence prevention and intervention through educational presentations within the community.

As a community service, it is our responsibility to provide community education through offering our teens and adolescents programs highlighting the basics of a safe dating relationship and to recognize potential problem relationships.  By bringing presentations to the schools, we allow discussion among the students designed to identify early warning signs of abuse.

One of the highlights of our year is the annual presentation of the Yellow Dress.  For the past four years, we have invited the entire PHS tenth grade class of 600 students to view this dramatic one-woman play depicting the devastating effects of relationship violence.  This presentation is vital to the mission of Piscataway’s DVCIT.

In addition, we sponsor and promote the Silent Witness Project, which focuses the attention on the extent and prevalence of domestic violence in our state.   Our exhibit of life sized silhouettes representing the murdered victims of domestic violence in NJ, are displayed at the Rutgers University student centers.  Our team's silhouettes, which are on exhibit in our municipal building during the month of October, include three of our own residents, and sadly there will be more.

The Piscataway DVCIT has continually granted scholarship awards to our graduating high school seniors, who have “against all odds”, overcame their own unusual and extenuating circumstances, have remained in school, and have received acceptances into institutions of higher education.  To date, over $23,000 dollars in scholarships have been awarded.

The Piscataway DVCIT is a non-profit, 501 (C) organization.