thank you so much for your kindness in my time of need. i nowhave some HOPE.
Thank you for a wonderful life. Keep up the fantastic work on behalf of those of us who cannot fight for ourselves.
Thank you again for all your help. It is a comfort to know that there are caring people like you in this world.
My thank you seems so small compared to all you’ve done, but it comes from my heart.
We Make a Difference
Since 2002, Partners for Women and Justice has provided legal assistance to thousands of deserving women striving to escape abusive relationships and secure safety for themselves and their children.
We have trained and worked with several hundred pro bono attorneys who have donated millions in free legal services to our clients as they seek protective orders, safe custody and visitation arrangements and fair awards of child support and spousal support.
Partners for Women and Justice does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.
Help Partners continue to give the gift of HOPE!
Thanks to your generosity, Partners has already helped 452 victims and their 621 children in 2017. With YOUR help, we hope to assist hundred more in 2018!
We cannot help victims of domestic violence and their children without YOU!
Please consider a gift this holiday season, and help Partners continue to give the gift of hope!
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Thank you to everyone who supported our Giving Tuesday campaign!
“Thanks for the help that you gave to me….It has truly changed my life and now I can look forward to a new beginning.” -Partners Client
Your donation will be used to continue making a difference in the lives of victims and survivors facing abuse, unsafe visitation and custody arrangements and unpaid child support. On behalf of the trustees and staff of Partners and, most importantly, the victims and survivors we serve, you have our warmest thanks.
A Tale of Two Bills
Dear Friends –
Bills related to gun safety and control are moving through Congress.
One bill would strengthen the national firearms background check system – a good thing.
The other would allow an abuser with a concealed carry permit from one state to use that permit in another state, even if the second state has stricter permitting rules – a bad thing.
Please click here to read the note (received on November 29 from The National Network to End Domestic Violence) and contact your representatives in Congress.
Jane M. Hanson, Esq
Guns and Domestic Violence – A Lethal Combination
Dear Friends –
Like all of you, we at Partners are deeply saddened by the recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, though we are not surprised that the shooter had a history of domestic violence. Indeed, Everytown for Gun Safety’s research shows that in the period 2009 – 2016, 54% of mass shootings in the United States involved domestic violence in some way. Sometimes the targets of the mass shooting were the shooter’s domestic violence victims, their families and friends; other times the shooter targeted strangers but, like Devon Patrick Kelly, had a history of domestic violence.
Here’s Everytown’s analysis: https://everytownresearch.org/reports/mass-shootings-analysis/
You probably now know that federal law prohibits the possession or purchase of a firearm by someone who is the subject of a restraining order or has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, but the law does not apply if the parties are dating but not living together. This so-called “girlfriend/boyfriend” loophole exposes many victims of domestic violence as well as the general public to the risk of being shot or threatened with a firearm. Please consider contacting your representatives in Congress and ask them to change the law to cover dating relationships. It’s a public safety issue. Access to guns by domestic abusers creates danger for all.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
On October 3rd, the Council of the Township of Montclair issued a Proclamation recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the work of three domestic violence agencies in town! Jane Hanson, Partners’ Executive Director, was on hand for the presentation. The Proclamation acknowledged the services provided to victims and survivors of domestic violence by Partners and two other local Montclair agencies: the Rachel Coalition and Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.). Check out the Proclamation below!
Essex County Says NO MORE!
Join Partners for Women and Justice and a wide range of Essex County domestic violence agencies in saying: NO MORE EXCUSES! NO MORE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE! NO MORE SEXUAL ASSAULT!
Visit www.essexcountysaysnomore.org and learn about resources available in Essex County for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with links to individual agency websites. There, you’ll also learn startling facts about domestic violence and sexual assault and will have access to a calendar of education and awareness raising events during October -- Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Reflections of the 2017 Ronnie Anne Powell Intern: Chinsu Shajan
This summer, I had the pleasure of interning at Partners for Women and Justice. My first day, like anyone’s first day at a new job, was an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. I was not completely new to the field of domestic violence, having participated in the Courtroom Advocates Project of Sanctuaries for Families where we interviewed victims of domestic violence and assisted them in drafting petitions for orders of protection. But this was different. The Ronnie Ann Powell Internship would offer me hands-on litigation experience.
I spent my first few weeks sitting in on client intakes, observing attorneys in court, and learning the lay of the land. Later, I followed many clients from the initial intake to preparation for trial to the actual trial at which they received a final restraining order. Being able to help and to support these survivors through a time of crisis was truly rewarding for me. The look of relief on a victim’s face when the judge grants the final restraining order is what makes this work worthwhile.
A few weeks into my internship, I was given my own case to try. Since I had no prior litigation experience I was very anxious about being in court and leading a trial, but the attorneys at Partners taught me everything I needed to know to successfully try the case. I handled all aspects of this case. I conducted the intake, subpoenaed police officers, prepared the client, witnesses and evidentiary exhibits, and, finally, tried the case in court. One of the most important lessons I learned while working at Partners, especially from trying a case, is the importance of having an attorney represent the victims in court.
While preparing for the case, it was a challenge to get the proper evidence we needed in time for trial and to get subpoenaed witnesses to appear in court to testify on behalf of the client. I thought, if we as attorneys have these challenges, what struggles must pro se litigants, with very little or no knowledge of the law and the justice system, face when appearing in court on their own. This summer I learned that lawyers can help shift the power from the abuser to victims.
At Partners, the main goal is to keep victims safe while empowering them to move on with their life. Though Partners is a small organization, it handles hundreds of cases each year, and the utmost care and attention is given each matter that comes through the office. Those who work at Partners for Women and Justice are truly superheroes in disguise and should be commended for the work they do every day. Not only do they work tirelessly to bring justice to these victims, they go above and beyond to maintain the safety and wellbeing of their clients well after a court date. I am honored to have had the chance to work for this amazing organization as a Ronnie Ann Powel Intern.
Partners for Women and Justice empowers low-income victims and survivors of domestic violence to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice. We offer quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters.
Press & Events & News
The Purple Purse Challenge was a Huge Success!
Partners raised $178,535! You helped Partners place 2nd out of 90 in the Challenge and win an additional $50,000! THANK YOU!
All the money raised will enable Partners for Women and Justice to help more victims and their children escape domestic violence and find hope!
Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence
October 30, 2017
Thanks to all of the riders and their sponsors, our Break the Cycle event was a big hit! The event raised a total of $25,422. Everyone clipped into their bikes and had an inspiring ride at FlyWheel Sports Millburn and an energizing after party at La Strada, also in Millburn.
Thank You to The Gloria Foundation!
The 4th Annual Taste of Italy event sponsored by the Gloria Foundation was a huge success. On September 27, 2017, more than 150 people gathered to support victims of domestic violence. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Partners for Women and Justice.
2017 ANNUAL REPORT