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.
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A New Pathway to Protection: The Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act
"For the judge to look in my eyes and say 'I believe you' was a moment I have no words to describe. I cry as I write this email because it was an impacting moment for me... I will forever be grateful."
These are the words of our client after a judge issued a protective order agaisnt a person in a position of authority over her who had repeatedly sexually assaulted her for years. Staff attorney Lisa Nichole Roskos represented the client and tried the case under a new law in New Jersey - the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act (SASPA). New Jersey is one of the few states in the country to have such a law, which gives survivors of sexual assault the opportunity to obtain a protective order against their perpetrators.
From left to right: The SASPA legal education panel included Jessica Miles, Esq., Lisa Nichole Roskos, Esq., Patricia Teffenhart, MPA, Michele C. Lefkowtiz, Esq. and Emily J. Bordens, Esq.
Partners' Director of Legal Programs, Michele Lefkowitz, organized a continuing legal education panel on SASPA for the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention on May 16th. Lisa joined Michele and others on the program, "What Every Lawyer Should Know about SASPA". Though SASPA has been in effect for two years, it remains an underutilized tool. Approximately 30 lawyers attended the program, which raised awareness of SASPA and provided training on how to secure safety for sexual violence victims across the State.
New Jersey Must Do More!
In the wake of two stories, published on consecutive days (May 23, 2018 and May 24, 2018), of two women who were shot to death by their husbands, Partners' Jane M. Hanson, Executive Director, and Patricia Perlmutter, Policy Counsel, argue that New Jersey must do more to assess the risk of serious bodily harm in cases of intimate partner violence. Please click the link below to take a look at their Letter to the Editor published in The Star Ledger on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Partners' Path to the Future
Partners for Women and Justice is wrapping up its 15th year of helping victims and survivors of domestic violence escape abuse. Many of you have been with us since the beginning and have seen us grow and expand the number of clients we serve and the geographical area in which we work. In 2017, the board of trustees decided it was important to reflect on our current work while looking to the future. And so the board and staff spent six months working on a strategic plan, and I am excited to share with you the priorities adopted by the board to guide the organization going forward and to position it for long-term sustainability.
Read our latest publication, "Partners' Path To The Future" here
Pretrial Safety Project
We are beginning to see postitive results from our Pretrial Safety Project through which we have been advocating - in the hope of preventing homicides - for a more robust assessment of risk to victims of domestic violence when their abusers are released while awaiting criminal trial.
We are pleased to report that known risk factors in domestic violence situtations will now be incorporated into a report prepared by police and made available to prosecutors and judges for use at pretrial detention/release hearings in New Jersey. We are hopeful that the availabitly of such information, including information about risk factors that are predictive of serious bodily harm and murder, will help the court to craft detention/release decisions that protect the lives and well-being of victims.
One known risk factor is strangulation which is highly predictive of lethality in domestic violence situtations. Last year, Partners and other advocates in the State were instrumental in changing NJ law to elevate strangulation in a domestic violence case to a higher-degree crime. Read this recent op-ed piece that explains in detail the danger of strangulation.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to effect systemic change, such as we are doing with our Pretrial Safety Project.
ANNUAL APPEAL 2018
Help a Domestic Violence Victim find Peace this Holiday Season by giving the Gift of Hope!
Please consider making a year-end gift to Partners. Together we can help domestic violence victims and their children find hope and safety.
PURPLE PURSE 2018
You helped Partners raise $167,750, which made us the first place winner in Division II of The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge!
And 1st place brought us a bonus of $100,000!
THANK YOU! With the money raised we can represent over 100 domestic violence victims seeking the safety and peace that a restraining order can bring.
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.
2018 ANNUAL REPORT