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.

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 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. 


On June 13, 2017, Anishalee Cortes was murdered in Roselle by her abuser despite, according to news reports, doing everything right. ... We can prevent such tragedies in the future. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

ADVOCACY DAY 2017                  

Partners’ Executive Director, Jane Hanson, was excited to be in Washington, D.C. on June 7th to discuss the importance of domestic violence funding and legislation with our Congressmen, Senators and other domestic violence coalitions.  Partners is speaking out to ensure that ending domestic violence is a national priority.


Reflections of the 2017 Ronnie Anne Powell Intern: Chinsu Shajan

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.



Our Mission

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.

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Purple Purse Bannr


The Purple Purse Challenge is a friendly fundraising campaign sponsored by the Allstate Foundation. The Challenge ends 1:59 p.m. on October 31st.


CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER! All you have to do is click here and then click "Fundraise for this Community Partner." If you have ever used Crowdrise, you will need to use the same password associated with your email.


DONATE NOW! All you have to do is click here and click "Donate."*

Don't forget to follow the Purple Purse Challenge on our Facebook page by clicking here!

*The minimum donation permitted is $10 and the maximum donation permitted is $10,000. However, a single donor may make multiple donations totaling more than $10,000.

Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence 2017

Still Time to Join the Ride!

Break the Cycle 2017

October 30th at 7:30 p.m.

Flywheel Sports, Millburn, N.J.

The $50 ticket fee includes the ride, shoes, water, Break the Cycle tank top, healthy snacks and a pizza party after the ride at La Strada. Click here to register. We encourage each rider to raise an additional $200. Once you have purchased your ticket and registered, select "I Want to Fundraise" and you will be directed to Partners' Crowdrise page to create your fundraiser profile.  If you have ever used Crowdrise, you will need to use the same password associated wtih your email.

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.

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Annual Report 2017


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