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.
2018 Spring Benefit
May 2, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm
481 Eagle Rock Road
West Orange, NJ
What a night! On behalf of the clients, trustees and staff of Partners for Women and Justice, we thank all of you who supported our 2018 Celebrate Hope Spring Benefit last night at Mayfair Farms. We want to acknowledge in particular the following sponsors:
Karen and Kenneth Rosen
in memory of Eileen Rosen
White House "Designs for Life"
The Gloria Foundation
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
PLATINUM PLUS SPONSORS
Lauren Handler, Esq. and David Kott, Esq.
Tina A. Jordan and Kevin M. Rendino
Logan & Company, Inc.
McCarter & English, LLP
Lisa and Joseph Amato
Catherine J. Douglass and Bruce Dohrenwend
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Laborers' International Untion of North America
Christine and Michael Turgeon
It was a fabulous evening that allowed us to rasie both awareness and funding for our cause. With your help we raised nearly $335,000 for the evening! You have our warmest thanks.
Our client spoke movingly about her personal journey. She is an inspiration to us all.
Our programs of legal support continue, and the number of vicitms and children we help increases, only due to yoru generous and heartfelt support. If you did not get a chance to make a donation, you can still donate now to help provde free legal services to victims of domestic violence.
Click the link below to make a donation.
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.
2017 ANNUAL REPORT