‘I feel protected with them.’ New Brunswick facility gives domestic violence survivors a home

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An affordable housing facility in New Brunswick is giving 10 domestic violence survivors and their children a permanent home.

Theoni Litakis tells News 12 New Jersey that she never thought she'd be where she is today, as a domestic violence survivor slowly recovering from years of verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

Litakis and her 8-year-old daughter have been living at Dina's Dwellings since it opened three years ago.

"I love this place very much," says Litakis. "And if wasn't for this place, who knows what would have happened."

Dina's Dwellings is located inside the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick.

The more than 200-year-old sanctuary building was reconfigured a few years ago into 10 apartments and a common space.

The program is run by a nonprofit called The Town Clock CDC and also offers on-site therapy and case work.  And all of its services are low or no cost for the residents.

"What we're seeing is it takes five to seven years to have them be in a place they feel they can do a job," says Executive Director Susan Kramer-Mills. "They've had some training, are no longer repeating the cycle of violence or going back to bad relationships.  And they feel confident about themselves."

The organization is hosting a gala Friday night to raise money for Town Clock and the services it provides residents.

For more information on Dina’s Dwellings, click here

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