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Partners for Women and Justice Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Human Services, Legal Services, Public Interest Law, Victims Services

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.

Target demographics: low income domestic violence victims and their children

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past 10 years, Partners for Women and Justice has helped thousands of women and their children escape the grips of domestic violence. Without Partners' services, women who are victims of domestice violence are overwhelmed by the legal process that allows them to obtain orders of protection, safe custody and visitation orders and child support. Partners' work is truly life altering as many clients, with Partners' help, are able to live safely and freely. This organization is fortunate to have a growing number of friends, supporters and volunteers who are committed to sustaining and growing the organization so that Partners is able to help thousands of women and their children in the years ahead.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Partners for Women and Justice is an amazing organization! Through a dedicated staff and an amazing network of volunteer attorneys, Partners for Women and Justice provides victims of domestic violence with free legal representation. Partners helps these women navigate through the legal system and empowers them to break the cycle of violence. Partners has grown tremendously since it was founded 10 years ago and has a strong vision for its future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partners for Women and Justice is an incredible organization. Founder Jane Hanson’s vision was to help women of domestic violence and she has turned her idea into incredible reality. I am involved in the organization as a volunteer and donor, and am extremely proud to be involved in a cause that provides assistance to hundreds of women in dire need of help. I believe in Partners’ mission and feel this is just the beginning of the impact that this organization will make. We need more organizations like PFWJ!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that provides legal help women need to get out of a bad situation, and empowers women to change their lives, and the lives of their children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partners for Women and Justice is a wonderful organization and I am extraordinarily proud to be a member of Partners' Junior Advisory Board. As a member of the Junior Advisory Board, I help organize events in order to fundraise and spread awareness of our important cause. I have been involved in planning a fundraising spin class and brunch, and I organized "dress down days" at work to benefit Partners. In addition to those events, I am honored to have volunteered at Partners' Spring Benefit for the past three years assisting guests with the raffle as well as both silent and live auctions. Everyone at Partners shares a common goal, and the way everyone works together to achieve that goal is inspiring. Everyone at Partners is so appreciative of every donation big and small and I truly feel that my work has made a difference in the lives of others. The services Partners provides are changing lives, saving lives, and helping women and children who are in desperate need of assistance. I hope to continue working with Partners forever.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a longstanding support of Partners for Women & Justice, having first become involved as a pro bono attorney. I was at first surprised to learn that victims of domestic violence have to represent themselves in court. Partners provides lawyers to victims so that they don't have to face their abusers alone. I was also able to counsel clients on the many rights afforded them by our domestic violence law. Without a lawyer, the victims are left to the mercy of the court and the hope that they are assigned a judge who knows the law and will take the time to get it right. As an attorney for Partners I have been able to secure child support for victims, to require abusers to attend anger management counseling, to limit child visitation and require that it be supervised. Partners provided support to me along every step of the way, even providing free training and materials. Partners' attorneys make a real and lasting difference in the lives of their clients. This is a wonderful organization.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporters of Partners for Women and Justice for many years. They are an amazing organization, providing the much needed legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. We are proud to be supporters and urge others to become part of their mission. Anyone can make a difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been supporters of Partners for Women and Justice since we learned of the organization several years ago. Partners provides assistance to victims of domestic abuse who often have no place else to turn to escape the brutal and inhuman treatment to which they are being subjected. Partners has literally saved the lives of countless women who have had the strength to break free of their emotional and often physical bondage with the help of the incredibly dedicated and talented staff and volunteers at Partners. By providing free legal services to victims of domestic abuse, Partners provides the opportunity for a new start to women and children who might otherwise fall between the cracks of our legal system.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am attorney that has been doing pro bono work for Partners for Women and Justice for nearly seven years. Partners for Women and Justice does the invaluable service of helping women escape abusive relationships and obtain the protection they so badly need from the court system. These women would not have a voice or the support they need if it were not for Partners for Women and Justice. This organization has helped so many women and in turn, so many children, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to help serve this organization and mission.

The staff and attorneys at Partners are an incredible resource to all of the attorneys that do work for this organization. They are patient and thorough and make themselves available around the clock for questions and concerns. They provide assistance on how to navigate the family court system in Essex and Hudson counties and give advice on cases based on years of experience. The passion that everyone working at Partners shares for their mission is inspiring and contageous. I truly love working with this organization and these individuals.

In addition to serving an incredible cause and organization, Partners provides young attorneys with the chance to get experience on their feet in the court room. I truly cannot say enough great things about Partners and constantly recommend it to fellow attorneys considering pro bono opportunities.

Review from Guidestar