The Journal Casts A Net of Hope and Support For 180 Turning Lives Around

By Lori Draz

The Journal Publications are proud to introduce a new partnership with 180 Turning Lives Around. This holiday season, we are introducing our “Nets Make a Difference” campaign to collect much-needed items for the victims of domestic and sexual abuse aided by this life-saving organization.

Domestic violence is willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On a typical day in New Jersey, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls; that’s approximately 15 calls every minute. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. Seventy-two percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female

180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. is a private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in Monmouth County. 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 the effort to end violence and abuse through public education, public policy reforms, and training of allied professionals.

Journal magazine owner and publisher Louis Frances Mercatanti explained, “We are very excited to be working with 180 Turning Lives Around. The statistics of women dealing with domestic and sexual abuse are truly staggering. And it’s not just limited to women. Men, teenagers, and seniors are also victims. Many are forced to flee at a moment’s notice and have to start rebuilding their lives from scratch. They need all matter of support, from jobs, money, and transportation to housing, access to services, and the basic essentials of life. This October, The Journals will be casting out a safety net of hope and support when we introduce our ‘Nets Make a Difference’ collection stations in 10 different locations all over Monmouth County. We encourage our readers to make donations of new items and gift cards at these drop-off locations or at our office in Shrewsbury. The items will be used in 180’s Holiday Shop, where victims can shop for Christmas items for their families. Any extra items will be used throughout 2017, as the needs are ongoing. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and therefore a most suitable time to launch this program. I thank you on behalf of the staff of The Journals for your generosity.”

Some of the most needed items (please be sure all are new and unopened) include:

  • New clothing (they cannot accept used clothing)
  • Children’s and parent’s pajamas
  • Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Shoprite/food stores
  • Sports equipment for teens
  • Beauty products and costume jewelry for moms
  • Winter coats for all ages
  • Hats and gloves
  • Toys
  • Diapers, infant and children’s educational toys
  • Educational electronic games
  • Twin bedding
  • School and art supplies
  • Toiletries and household paper goods

Director of Development for 180 Lynn Lucarelli said, “180 is sincerely grateful for the support of The Journal magazine, especially in our 40th anniversary year. With the recent opening of our new and expanded Safe House, an emergency shelter for Monmouth County families escaping abuse, we anticipate serving more families this coming holiday season than ever before. With the expected increase in families served, we are especially appreciative for The Journal’s sponsorship and hosting of 180’s annual Holiday Gift Shop. We are confident that with The Journal’s support and that of many local volunteers and generous donors, 180 families can expect a plethora of gifts to make their holidays just a little brighter.”

Since its inception in 1976, 180 has provided model programs in the field of rape care and family violence. As the sole provider in Monmouth County of a wide range of comprehensive services to women and their families relating to domestic and sexual violence, 180 is the only agency in the county available on a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week basis. The agency remains the only emergency shelter in the county that offers a protected safe home for victims of domestic violence and their children. 180 also offers a wide array of programs concerned with positive approaches to safety and recovery from assault in all situations.

Starting October 15, readers are encouraged to donate items and gift cards at the drop-off locations or they can drop them by The Journal office, 1151 Broad Street, Suite 118 in Shrewsbury. Additionally, readers can look on The Journal’s website, www.thejournalnj.com, and on our Facebook page for additional drop-off locations or to organize a drive. You may contact Lori Draz at (732) 735-5441 to learn more.