Power Back, in turn, includes training for school faculty, administration, and parents/guardians on family violence "in order to provide a wider safety net for teen victims," she said.
Since 2009, Bressler said, the non-profit APFC has certified 204 Power Back peer leaders in New Jersey; provided 260 teen victims and 26 adult victims with information, support and referral; educated 833 adults (teachers, school counselors, administrators, parents and guardians); and reached more than 8,000 teens at school-wide forums and awareness events.
A staff member from APFC’s Power Back teen dating abuse prevention program followed her and eventually connected the girl with a counselor. -- Overwhelmed by the realization that she was a victim, a young high-schooler walked out of a forum on dating abuse presented by A Partnership for Change to compose herself."That's the kind of difference a program like this makes," Allison Bressler, APFC's co-founder and co-director, told Daily Voice.APFC is taking Power Back to Cliffside Park, Lodi and River Dell (River Edge) high schools this school year as it continues to expand its mission to end dating violence and support victims who come forward.The program’s peer leader model is based on APFC surveys of more than 8,000 high school students in New Jersey -- nearly three-quarters of whom said they would first go to a friend for help before a parent, counselor, hotline or other adult.
At the end of the grant-funded forums, students are invited to join Power Back to become “certified” peer leaders in their schools.The requirements include attending a monthly educational meeting, passing a certification exam, and creating and implementing a year-end awareness event on campus."Our surveys also revealed that 22% of these students witness domestic violence at home," says APFC co-founder Gloria Sgrizzi.John Jordan, 47, was taken into custody near a relative’s home, and his two children, 7-year-old Anthony and 8-year-old Nicholas, were recovered after New Jersey State Police issued an Amber Alert that extended into South Carolina, authorities said in a statement shortly after 1 a.m. The body of the children’s mother, identified by friends as 39-year-old Tracey Jordan, was found in her apartment by her mother early Friday evening, according to state police.John Jordan has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. He remains in South Carolina pending extradition to New Jersey. that they were no longer looking for a 2007 black Honda Civic owned by the suspect, but for the mother’s silver 2012 Honda Accord with New Jersey license plate number Z56-CDJ. Greg Williams of the state police sent an email saying that Jordan had been caught.Dozens of police and Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detectives swarmed the Cynthia Gardens apartment complex on Garibaldi Avenue where the woman lived with her children.