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OCPO Thanks All Who Contributed So Generously To The Victim-Witness Advocacy Unit / NJSP Food Drive

In the month of October, OCPO’s Victim-Witness Advocacy, led by Patricia (Trish) Miljenovic, partnered with the New Jersey State Police for the now annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Food Drive. For the second straight year, donations were collected to distribute to Domestic Violence shelters statewide in order to stock their cupboards for the holiday season.

Ocean County’s efforts collected over 700 pounds of food. We thank all our employees, their friends and families for their generosity. A special thanks goes to Toms River’s Natural Foods General Store, which conducted a month-long fundraiser, and matched our donations. The County Connection and the County Public Information Office also joined the cause.

OCPO and the NJSP’s combined efforts collected enough non-perishable food items to provide 19 domestic violence service providers with substantial donations to assist shelters with stocking their food pantries. These contributions will directly impact and assist survivors of domestic violence residing in shelters through this Thanksgiving holiday season.

According to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV), approximately 2,924 women, children and men utilized New Jersey domestic violence shelters in 2015, with the average length of stay being 33 days.

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