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.
Victims and Survivors We Are Still Here For You
There is no greater priority for Partners for Women and Justice (Partners) than the safety and wellness of our clients and those seeking assistance for legal matters in domestic violence.
Victims of domestic violence seeking legal assistance for restraining orders and related family court matters in Essex, Union, Middlesex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties can call 973-233-0111 and leave a message with a safe call-back number. Partners advocates monitor voicemail throughout each day and will return calls as soon as possible to determine if we can assist you.
If you are in danger, please call 911 or go to your local police department for assistance.
Partners for Women and Justice is committed to ensuring that survivors, who may be under increased pressure and potentially increased danger during this time, continue to have access to support and safety. These are exceptional times and we will continue to serve you to the best of our ability.
Introducing Partners' New Executive Director
After an extensive search, the Board of Trustees of Partners for Women and Justice is thrilled to announce the selection of Julie A. Murphy, Esq. as the new Executive Director.
Julie is a strategic leader with a commitment to fostering the empowerment of others. In her six years at Union County Legal Services, she represented clients in domestic violence and family law matters and developed a keen understanding of the legal and emotional complexities involved in domestic violence work. Julie went on to become the head of strategy for Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), a national organization dedicated to girl-centered leadership. During her tenure, GSUSA created a transformational strategy leading to the total redesign of the Girl Scout program and to the merger of more than 200 affiliate organizations. The changes resulted in financially stronger organizations and a better Girl Scout experience. After 10 years with the Girl Scouts, and driven by a desire to inspire others to become effective leaders, Julie founded Oakwood Leadership. At Oakwood, she has consulted with many organizations on leadership development and delivered custom programs on emotional intelligence, resilience, and mindfulness. As a volunteer, Julie facilitates dialogues on race and racism to support learning and deeper understanding among participants.
She holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers College.
We are confident that the organization will thrive under Julie’s leadership and that she will be a passionate and courageous steward of the mission, clients, and staff. She takes over the reins on March 16. Please join us in welcoming Julie to Partners!
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
Meet the Trustees
Catherine Weiss, Esq.; Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Chair
Committees: All, ex officio
Catherine runs her firm's pro bono practice and has built a lifelong career as a public interest and civil rights lawyer.
Julie A. Murphy, Esq.; Partners for Women and Justice; President/Executive Director
Committees: All, ex officio
Julie is the Executive Director of Partners and also serves as President.
Tina A. Jordan, Esq.; Vice President
Committees: Fundraising, Executive
Tina previously represented Partners' clients as a volunteer attorney and has served on Partners' Board since 2005.
Rebecca Fitzhugh, CPA; SobelCo; Treasurer
Committees: Finance, Executive
Rebecca serves in the Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services Group at her firm and has over 18 years of experience in forensic accounting, litigation services, and public accounting.
Sheri Hecht Leonard, Esq.; Suburban Propane, L.P.; Secretary
Committees: Governance, Executive
Sheri serves as Deputy General Counsel of her company. She is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Jennifer Borek, Esq.; Genova Burns
Committees: Finance, Fundraising
Jennifer is a partner at her firm where she chairs the Procurement Law, Government Contracts and Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group. She is also a board member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.
Eric G. Kahn, Esq.; Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.
Eric is an active trial lawyer with several multimillion dollar jury verdicts, a past President of the New Jersey Association for Justice, and the current President of the North Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also the Managing Shareholder of his law firm, supervising over 60 lawyers.
Randi W. Kochman, Esq.; Cole Schotz P.C.
Randi chairs her firm's Employment Law Department and sits on the firm's Executive Committee. She is also co-chair of the firm's Community Outreach Committee.
Michael T.G. Long, Esq.; Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Michael is a partner at his law firm and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense. He has represented Partners' clients as a volunteer attorney.
Anne Mohan, Esq.; Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP
Committees: Governance, Operations
Anne focuses her practice on civil litigation defense. She previously represented Partners' clients as a volunteer attorney and recognizes the need for attorneys to advocate for victims of domestic violence.
Karen Murphy, Esq.; Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
Karen is a partner at her firm and practices in her firm's Environmental Law practice group. She previously represented Partners' clients as a volunteer attorney.
Grettel Muscato; Mountainside Medical Center
Grettel is the Director of Community Services and Volunteers for the medical center and has spent her 30 year career working in public health and hospital administration. She is passionate about working with underserved communities who have access to few resources.
Adam N. Saravay, Esq.; McCarter & English, LLP
Adam is a partner at his firm and focuses his practice on employment law as well as class action and multidistrict litigation. His pro bono work includes representing Partners' clients, advising charitable organizations on employment issues, and submitting friend-of-the-court briefs to the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of various non-profit groups.
Shoshana Schiff, Esq.; McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC
Committees: Governance, Fundraising
Shoshana is a partner at her firm and focuses her practice on insolvency matters, litigation and redevelopment law. She is also active in a number of professional organizations and serves as an officer of the Essex County Bar Association.
Donna L. Schwartz, Esq.
Committees: Program, Finance, Operations, Governance
Donna became involved with Partners nearly 17 years ago as a volunteer attorney while in private practice. In 2006, she joined the Board of Trustees, serving in numerous positions. From 2012-2017, she served as Board Chair. Donna continues to be an active trustee while pursuing her interests in real estate.
Jennifer Marino Thibodaux, Esq.; Thomson Reuters Practical Law
Jennifer is a Senior Legal Editor at her company and responsible for New Jersey litigation. She represented Partners' clients as a volunteer attorney and previously co-chaired the Spring Benefit Committee.
Christine Turgeon, CPA; PricewaterhouseCoopers
Cristy is a Washington National Tax Services partner who leads the firm's Accounting Method Services practice. She also serves as the Chair of the Metro Women in Tax Committee, tasked with the development and advancement of PwC's female professional tax partners and staff.
Anu Upadhyay, M.D.
Anu is a board certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist and presently serves as the President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (Central Chapter). She is an Associate Professor at Rutgers - RWJ Medical School where she has taught for over a decade.
Spring Benefit is Going Virtual!
Tune in here on May 6, 2020 to hear the inspiring story of a Partners client.
"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness."
During this difficult time, victims of domestic violence are facing an even greater threat to their safety as available resources diminish and many are forced to stay home with an abuser.
We hope that you continue to play a role in supporting victims of domestic violence. Click here to make a donation.
Partners is here helping victims navigate these difficult times.
Thank you to our sponsors!
White House "Designs for Life"
The Gloria Foundation
McCarter & English, LLP
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
Lauren Handler, Esq. and David Kott, Esq.
Kate Logan and Edmund Rung
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
American Board of Trial Advocates
Cole Schotz P.C.
Catherine J. Douglass and Bruce P. Dohrenwend
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.
Cristy and Mike Turgeon
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC
New Jersey Natural Gas
Brach Eichler LLC
Fox Rothschild LLP
Genova Burns LLC
Tina A. Jordan and Kevin M. Rendino
Randi and Tedd Kochman
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Peak Environmental LLC
Quick Cooper Communications
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Donna and Joseph Schwartz
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.
Berkowitz, Lichtstein, Kuritsky, Giasullo & Gross, LLC
Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
Jennifer Borek and Michael Hicks
Britcher Leone, LLC
Connell Foley LLP
Mary and Joel Jeffrey
Sheri Hecht Leonard and Jeffrey Leonard
Red Maple Economics
Seiden Family Law, LLC
Schulman, Wiegmann & Associates, Certified Court Reporters
Thomson Reuters Practical Law
Wiss & Company, LLP
Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center
Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)
New York Football Giants
Pretrial Safety Project
On Monday, March 2, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard argument in two cases (State v. McCray and State v. Gabourel) on the question of whether violations of pre-trial release orders can be prosecuted for contempt of court. Michael Noveck, working with Larry Lustberg, from Gibbons P.C., argued on behalf of Partners and four other organizations serving domestic violence victims, that violations of no-contact orders must be fully enforceable in order to protect victims of domestic violence. Oral argument focused in large part on the relationship between the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, the Criminal Justice Reform Act, and New Jersey's contempt statute. Stay tuned for the Court's decision in this matter. Thank you to Gibbons P.C. for their outstanding pro bono work and to the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Jewish Women's Foundation, and The Montclair Foundation, which support our Pretrial Safety Project.
From Left to Right: Trish Perlmutter, Policy Counsel for Partners; Michele Lefkowitz, Director of Legal Programs for Partners; Larry Lustberg, Director of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship for Public Interest & Constitutional Law; Jane M. Hanson, Executive Director of Partners; and Michael Noveck, Associate at Gibbons P.C.
The Support Squad
On a Mission to Help Victims of Domestic Violence get Restraining Orders
Our vision is to have a passionate and determined group of monthly givers on a mission to help victims of domestic violence get restraining orders. Your support will provide consistent and dependable revenue to help victims of domestic violence.
We want you to be a part of it!
Click here to join The Support Squad and become a monthly donor.
Here is what you can expect when you join:
*You will become part of a compassionate community of supporters
* The opportunity to mingle with Partners' attorneys and court advocates (details to follow in the spring)
*Regular updates on the impact of your donation
*The thanks of all the victims who you are helping to become survivors
Annual Report 2019
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.