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.

Change a Life Challenge: One Month| $50,000| 20 Lives

CLC Kick Off

Domestic violence doesn't stop for a pandemic. 

While the world has changed drastically in the last seven months, one thing has remained the same - domestic violence victims still need our help. In fact, initial evidence suggests that the pandemic has increased the severity and frequency of domestic violence incidents compared to the same time period last year. The shelter-in-place order put victims at greater risk and created challenges to securing restraining orders.  Partners continues to help victims navigate the ever-changing legal landscape.

Donate to Partners during October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and your donation and its impact will be doubled! 


Help us raise $50,000 so that 20 victims can be represented by attorneys. A generous group of trustees and donors will match every donation up to $50,000.*

Please consider donating to Partners and sharing your donation on social media with a picture of yourself wearing purple. Together we can change the lives of domestic violence victims.

#SupportDVVictims and #PartnersChangesLives    

*Thank You To Our Matching Donors:

Betsy Bernard and Laurie Peter

Patricia Devine-Harms and Steve Harms

Lynne Ellison

Rebecca Fitzhugh and Michael Davidson

Randi and Tedd Kochman

Anne Mohan and Bruce Magaw

Stacey and Adam Saravay

Shoshana Schiff and Warren Usatine

Donna and Joseph Schwartz

Cristy and Mike Turgeon

Nancy Washington

Catherine Weiss and Samuel Huber 

White House "Designs for Life" and The Gloria Foundation

Ruth and Jack Wurgaft 

Star Ledger Opinion Piece by Partners' Policy Counsel

Check out this opinion piece in The Star Ledger by Partners’ Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter. The New Jersey prison release bill, pending in the State Assembly, is necessary to protect inmates from COVID-19, but the bill in its current form fails to adequately protect domestic violence victims.  Neither a prison sentence nor a prison release should threaten the health and safety of any resident of the Garden State.

Courts are Now Available for Temporary Restraining Orders

Victims of domestic violence can now apply for a temporary restraining order:

1. By telephone to the Superior Court;

2. By in-person application to the Superior Court (you must call for an appointment);*

3. Through the police department at night and weekends or in connection with a police report. 

Click here for New Jersey Superior Court county phone numbers to call and apply remotely for a temporary restraining order. 

*COVID-19 safety precautions must be adhered to for in-person court appointments.

Check out The Star Ledger article COVID made it harder for domestic violence victims to get restraining ordes. That's changed., which features comment by Partners Policy Counsel, Trish Perlmutter. Thanks to the work of Trish and others, domestic violence victims now have expanded access to temporary restraining orders and protection from further abuse. 

Get Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 text (732-535-6318), email (, or 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.

Cyber Abuse

Cyber Abuse

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


Revenge Porn

  • 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.

Committee: Fundraising

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

Committee: Program

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.

Committee: Fundraising

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

Committee: Program

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

Committee: Operations

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

Committee: Finance

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. 

Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence 5K Virtual Walk

BTC Thank YOu

To our 2020 Break the Cycle walkers and donors:

You raised over $30,000 and gave victims of domestic violence the chance to rebuild their lives!

You filled the streets of New Jersey with over 40 walkers!

You made our first-ever virtual walk a huge success!

Thank you for walking in solidarity with domestic violence victims!

Special shout out to Seiden Family Law and Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.

If you didn't get the chance to donate, it's not to late to support domestic violence victims. Click here to donate. 

JAB Photo

Lauren Allman and Junior Advisory Board members Melissa Keller and Breanne Matloff walking in solidarity with domestic violence victims. 

New Jersey Law Journal Names Partners' Board Chair Catherine Weiss to list of 2020's Top Women in Law

C Weiss

Congratulations to Partners’ Chair of the Board of Trustees Catherine Weiss for being named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2020 Top Women in Law list! Catherine has served as Board Chair for Partners since 2018.  Her dedication and commitment to domestic violence victims is unparalleled.  She inspires us all with her tireless work in making the world a better place through her public interest legal work. Catherine is a Partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP and Chair of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest.

To learn more about Catherine, click here.

Pretrial Safety Project

On July 20, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that defendants who violate pretrial release conditions cannot be charged with criminal contempt.  State v. Antoine McCray; State v. Sahaile Gabourel (2020). However, the Court accepted the argument advanced by Partners, as a friend of the court, that no-contact orders must be fully enforceable in order to protect victims of domestic violence. This means that the Court carved out an exception to the holding allowing prosecutors to charge defendants with contempt if they violate no-contact orders. This decision will help deter violations of no-contact orders and protect victims of domestic violence. 

Special thanks to Partners’ pro bono counsel, Larry Lustberg and Michael Noveck, of Gibbons for their outstanding work as well as to our fellow amici, the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Rachel Coalition, the Essex County Family Justice Center, and the New Jersey Crime Victims Law Center. 

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. 

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2019

Click Here to download the annual report

Our Mission

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.

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