Non-Profit Uses Art Therapy To Help Child Victims Of Domestic Violence

MANALAPAN, NJ (WCBS 880) — Amanda Wengert was 6-years-old when she was killed by a teenage neighbor in Manalapan. Her family has started a non-profit in her name and that organization is still going strong.

Monday, the non-profit will dedicate a new art studio.

Amanda was killed 17-years ago, but Amanda’s Easel continues to grow. It was started to help children who were victimized or witnessed sex abuse or domestic violence.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports: Amanda’s Easel Provides Creative Arts Therapy

Program coordinator Cindy Westendorf says the program uses creative arts therapy and a new element has been added.

“The component is really the addition of the music therapy, which really rounds out the whole creative arts experience,” said Westendorf.

She says Amanda’s family remains involved and is very proud.

“I think that the biggest thing is that they know that Amanda’s memory has been kept alive,” said Westendorf.

Amanda’s Easel also provides art and dance therapy.

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