Nurtured Parent Support Group

The public can’t protest what it doesnt know…join us in spreading the word! –Patrice Lenowitz

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Want to learn more about how YOU can HELP victims of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? Register today!

Friday September 25th 10am-4pm, at FDU in Hackensack N.J.

Lundy Bancroft is an internationally recognized domestic violence author, expert, speaker and playwright. He has twenty-five years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has authored five books in the field, including the U.S.’s best-selling book on domestic violence; “Why Does He Do” and the national prizewinner “The Batterer as Parent.”

Nurtured Parent Support Group

The Nurtured Parent Support Group

“The Nurtured Parent Support Group is an outstanding example of how women can multiply their power when they come together and commit to fighting fiercely for each other’s rights and wellbeing.”

-Lundy Bancroft author, Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men



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Patrice Lenowitz is a Domestic Violence Survivor, Victims Rights Advocate, Activist, and playwright.  She is the Founder of Nurtured Parents Support Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Co-Founder of Children’s Justice Campaign, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Community Educator for Center for Hope and Safety

“An estimated 58,000 children a year are court-ordered for custody or unsupervised visitation with reported abusers. That means in many cases, children are being ordered to live with their rapists. Child custody courts are generating approximately $50 billion dollars a year from the business of exploiting families in crisis and putting children in direct harm’s way. Adverse childhood experiences are the most basic cause of health risk behaviors, morbidity, disability, mortality, and health care costs. In fact, it costs taxpayers $500 billion dollars a year in health care related costs due to adverse childhood experiences. SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: FAMILY COURT IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH”- Patrice Lenowitz






THE NURTURED PARENT SUPPORT GROUP for Survivors of Domestic Abuse assists adults seeking the opportunity to heal from the debilitating effects of abuse.

Now it its 6th year, The Nurtured Parent operates on the front lines supporting survivors through free weekly support group meetings, therapeutic outings and workshops, and public awareness conferences and events. Of paramount importance to this cause has been to advocate for victim’s rights and to unravel why family court often fails to protect the most vulnerable among us, parents and their children in crisis seeking a life free from abuse.

Confidential meetings are held every Tuesday from 10:00am-12:00pm at the CENTER FOR HOPE & SAFETY HEADQUARTERS, 12 Overlook Avenue, Rochelle Park, New Jersey. 

Feel free to contact us via email, phone, Facebook, or drop by a meeting in person!

Please note: The Nurtured Parent support group is not a first response crisis intervention center. Rather, we are the next step providing continued support throughout the healing process. 
The Nurtured Parent Support Group
Empowering Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Confidential Weekly Meetings; Peer to Peer Support; Events, Advocacy and Activism
(201) 849-3000
(201) 849-3166 fax

Meetings every Tuesday 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Cost to attend:  FREENew Location! (as of 4/14/15) 
The Center for Hope and Safety
12 Overlook Avenue, 2nd floor Conference Room
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662 
(Farview Avenue exit off Rt 17; near the Garden State Plaza)

Please Note: There is an intercom at the right side of the door.  Press the number “9” followed by the “#” sign, and announce that you are there to attend a Nurtured Parent meeting. You will be buzzed in.
The Center for Hope and Safety has been assisting victims of domestic violence since 1976. They are dedicated to assisting victims, and their children, of domestic violence by turning fear into safety, helplessness into strength, and isolation into hope.  Like us, they strongly believe that every person has the right to be safe, empowered, and free from violence and the fear of violence, and they continue to help those in need heal and grow through a wide range of services.  The Nurtured Parent is thrilled to be housed within such an incredible organization!!!

DOMESTIC VIOLENCEIt Can Happen to Anyone!Why ask, “Why Does She Stay?”When the more appropriate question is,“WHY DOES HE ABUSE?”

About Us

The Nurtured Parent is a  free weekly peer-to-peer support group assisting adult survivors of domestic abuse.  Facilitated by Patrice Lenowitz,  Dr. Mary Mandis, and Shani Destro, our group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM.  Confidential meetings are held in the 2nd floor conference room at the Center for Hope and Safety in Rochelle Park N.J. The Nurtured Parent is a safe nurturing environment. Please feel free to contact us via email, phone, or drop by a meeting in person.  The Nurtured Parent has entered it’s 6th year serving our greater community!Operating Board and OfficersPatrice Lenowitz:     Nurtured Parent founder, group co-facilitator, DV survivor, advocate, activist and playwrightDr. Mary Mandis:    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, group co-facilitatorShani Destro:          DV survivor, trained shelter volunteer, group co-facilitatorMashonda Tifrere:   Author, Philanthropist, Music artist

Judge Alexander H. Carver III: Former Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey; Attorney

Advisory Board:

Richard Pompelio:   Attorney; Founder of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center

Lundy Bancroft:       Nationally acclaimed domestic violence expert, author, speaker, playwright