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
Partners is undertaking a Pretrial Safety Project to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence during the dangerous time between a defendant’s arrest and the criminal trial. Under New Jersey’s new Criminal Justice Reform Act, courts can detain a defendant whose release will endanger another person based upon a risk assessment tool.
But New Jersey’s tool is inaccurate for predicting domestic violence re-offense, and in at least three cases in 2017, defendants on pretrial release went on to kill their intimate partners. Partners is advocating for the use of other tools that can guide and inform judicial decision making in domestic violence cases and help prevent domestic violence homicides.
Click the link below to read the letter from Executive Director, Jane Hanson to the editor of the Star Ledger.
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 more about our plans here
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.
2018 Spring Benefit
May 2, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm
481 Eagle Rock Road
West Orange, NJ
Please join us in celebrating HOPE for victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Click the link below to become a sponsor, buy tickets, purchase a journal ad or make a donation.
Reservations are required. RSVP by April 11, 2018.
The Spring Benefit is our most important fundraising event of the year! At the event, Partners’ will honor:
Kathleen Logan, founder of Logan & Company, for her longtime support of, and advocacy on behalf of, Partners and for her leadership and passionate commitment to education (Partner in Hope Award);
Karen Arakelian, founder of The Gloria Foundation, for her ongoing commitment to raising much needed funds to support services for victims and survivors of domestic violence (Partner in Hope Award);
Michael Kaplan, Esq., an attorney at Lowenstein Sandler, for his dedication and commitment to provide pro bono representation of our clients (Partner in Justice Award);
Donna L. Schwartz Esq., Former Chair, Board of Trustees (Special Recognition).
Please join us for a night dedicated to celebrating HOPE!
To see our list of sponsors, click here.
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