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.
A Letter from Our Executive Director
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As many of you know, I co-founded Partners for Women and Justice in 2002 and have had the great opportunity to serve as Executive Director of Partners for the past 16 years – years of tremendous accomplishment and growth, for me personally, and for the organization as a whole.
I can remember the early days – a small office, two unpaid staff, second-hand computers, a few clients. We have come a long way - today we have 15 employees and have helped more than 4,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence. Partners is stronger than it has ever been, which is, in part, why I have decided it’s the right time for me to set a retirement date. I’ll be stepping down from my role in early 2020.
Over the past couple of years, we have accomplished important work to strengthen the organization including the creation of a strategic plan approved in May of 2017. Now almost two years into the plan, we have already achieved many of its goals – including building and strengthening Partners institutional infrastructure and formalizing an approach to advocacy to address the systemic problems domestic violence victims face in court. We are at a point where Partners is well positioned to move into the future. The organization has tremendous potential and, I believe, our committed staff and trustees and a new Executive Director will continue to move Partners forward.
Rest assured that our Board of Trustees is well prepared to take on the exciting task of finding Partners’ new leader. In fact, one of the priorities of the Strategic Plan was to develop a succession plan to ensure the timely and orderly leadership transition. That succession plan is in place and a transition committee has been formed and has already begun to assess the needs of the organization, with input from staff and other stakeholders, to determine the profile for the new Executive Director. The trustees’ priority is to find the best individual to lead Partners into the future.
I am extremely proud of Partners, its staff, Board of Trustees, and community partners, and of the important work that we have accomplished and that I am sure Partners will continue to accomplish. I am excited about the future, and very grateful that we are able to enter into this transition period in a thoughtful and strategic way.
Partners will thrive because it is driven by its mission, its dedicated staff and Board and the support it receives from stakeholders like you. We will continue to fight for victims and survivors of domestic violence so that they can build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children. I know I will continue to support Partners in any way that I can, and I hope you will too. In the meanwhile, it’s back to work!
Jane M. Hanson, Executive Director
Technology is a powerful and easily accessible tool for people to connect with each other. When abusers use technology to intimidate, control, shame, and monitor their victims, it becomes a tool of abuse.
- Use Find My Phone apps
- Hide GPS on a victim's car
- Monitor phone activity
- Install hidden video/voice on phone
- Access hidden video/voice recording machines
- Hack into email and social media accounts
- Block or fake a number to call or text
- Use a trusted ally's number to call or text
- Create a fake socila media account to impersonate a victim
- Text, call or email constantly
- Send threatening messages
- Demand victim check-in and prove location
- Post threats on social media
- Post or threaten to post intimate pictures and/or videos on social media
- Solicit sex on Craigslist or social media using a victim's photo, name and contact information
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
Welcome Our New Trustees!
Partners for Women and Justice welcomes Adam N. Saravay, Esq. as a new trustee. Mr. Saravay was elected at Partners’ July 2018 board meeting and joins 16 other board members engaged in overseeing Partners’ finances, fundraising and operations while furthering our mission to provide legal assistance to domestic violence victims and their children.
“We’re delighted to have Adam join our board,” says Executive Director, Jane M. Hanson. “He’s committed to our mission and has a deep understanding of our pro bono program from his leadership of the program at his firm. His perspective will be invaluable.”
Mr. Saravay, a partner at McCarter & English, LLP, practices in the areas of employment law and class action and commercial litigation. Since 2015, Mr. Saravay has volunteered as a pro bono attorney for Partners representing victims of domestic violence.
Partners for Women and Justice welcomes Grettel Muscato as a new trustee. Ms. Muscato was elected at Partners November 2018 board meeting and joins 17 other board members engaged in overseeing Partners' finances, fundraising, and operations while furthering Partners' mission to provide legal assistance to domestic violence victims and their children.
"We're delighted that Grettel is joining our board," says Executive Director, Jane M. Hanson. "With her background in community health care, she'll bring an important new perspective to our work with victims of domestic violence."
Ms. Muscato has spent her thirty year career working in hospital administration in New Jersey. Her experience includes clinical case manager, health educator, program coordinator and manager of community health. She is currently the Director of Community Services and Volunteers at Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair.
Partners is now located at 650 Bloomfield Avenue, #209, Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003. Our telephone and fax numbers remain the same.
Break the Cycle 2019
Save the Date!
Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:30 PM
Flywheel Sports, Millburn, NJ
Look for registration details in September.
2019 Spring Benefit
What a night!
On behalf of the clients, trustees and staff of Parters for Women and Justice, we thank all of you who supported our 2019 Celebrate Hope Spring Benefit!
It was a fabulous evening that allowed us to raise both awareness and funding for our cause. With your help we raised over $370,000 for the evening! You have our warmest thanks.
If you would still like to make a donation click here.
Vicki Paulson (Director of Advancemen for Partners), Jane Hanson (Executive Director of Partners), Jack Wurgaft (Partner in Hope honoree), and Ruth Wurgaft
The Pro Bono Team from Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.: Jeny Zarmon, Samuel Thomas, Emily Bordens, Annemarie Effingham, Karen Murphy, Meghan Dougherty, and Amy Bard
Sally Glick (Partner in Hope honoree) and Jane Hanson (Executive Director of Partners)
SPRING BENEFIT SPONSORS
Karen and Kenneth Rosen
White House Luxe Designs for Life and The Gloria Foundation
Platinum Plus Sponsors
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
Lauren Handler, Esq. and David Kott, Esq.
Tina A. Jordan and Kevin M. Rendino
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
American Board of Trial Advocates
Catherine Douglass and Bruce Dohrenwend
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.
JW Charitable Foundation
Cristy and Mike Turgeon
Cole Schotz P.C.
Elberon Development Group
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jane M. Hanson and Patrick Shrout
McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC
Sobel Tinari Economics Group
Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
Brach Eichler LLC
Patricia Devine-Harms and Steven Harms
Daryl and Andy Epstein, Elisa and Steven Sandler, Amy and Ira Steinberg
Fox Rothschild LLP
Genova Burns LLC
Randi and Tedd Kochman
Littler Mendelson P.C.
NJM Insurance Group
Quick Copper Communications
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Donna and Joseph Schwartz
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.
Berkowitz, Lichtstein, Kuritsky, Giasullo & Gross LLC
Jennifer Borek and Michael Hicks
Britcher Leone, LLC
Julie and Monty Cerf
Connell Foley LLP
Cindy and Stephen N. Dratch and Debbi and Max Lebersfeld
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Cynthia and Michael Geller
Mary and Joel Jeffrey
Sheri Hecht Leonard and Jeffrey Leonard
Rabbi Shalom Lubin
Realogy Holdings Corp.
Seiden Family Law, LLC
Penny and Greg Sherry and Sherry and Stephen Weintraub
Lynn and Burt Wallack
Wiss & Company, LLP
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