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

Since 2002, Partners for Women and Justice has provided legal assistance to thousands of deserving women striving to escape abusive relationships and secure safety for themselves and their children.

We have trained and worked with several hundred pro bono attorneys who have donated millions in free legal services to our clients as they seek protective orders, safe custody and visitation arrangements and fair awards of child support and spousal support.

Partners for Women and Justice does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.


On June 13, 2017, Anishalee Cortes was murdered in Roselle by her abuser despite, according to news reports, doing everything right. ... We can prevent such tragedies in the future. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Montclair, NJ, June 6, 2017:  Partners for Women and Justice welcomes Karen E. Murphy as a new trustee.  “We are proud and excited to announce that Karen E. Murphy has joined Partners’ Board.”, says Executive Director, Jane Hanson.  “This accomplished woman brings both experience and talent to Partners along with a passion for Partners’ mission of providing assistance to domestic violence survivors and their children.” Murphy was elected at Partners’ May 2017 board meeting.       

Murphy, a Principal at Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., practices environmental law representing clients on regulatory, compliance, litigation, transactional and redevelopment issues.  She has served on the steering committee for Brownfield Development Areas in New Jersey and regularly appears before the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. EPA and municipal zoning and planning boards.  Ms. Murphy has also volunteered as a pro bono attorney for Partners’ and represented victims of domestic violence at final restraining order hearings.

Partners for Women and Justice is a non-profit organization that 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. Partners’ programs help secure restraining orders, safe visitation and custody arrangements and fair orders of child support. To learn more about Partners for Women and Justice please call 973-233-0111 or visit 

ADVOCACY DAY 2017                  

Partners’ Executive Director, Jane Hanson, was excited to be in Washington, D.C. on June 7th to discuss the importance of domestic violence funding and legislation with our Congressmen, Senators and other domestic violence coalitions.  Partners is speaking out to ensure that ending domestic violence is a national priority.

Pro Bono Profile:

Welcoming the Second Ronnie Ann Powell Intern
June 21, 2017

Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. hosted a reception to welcome the second Ronnie Ann Powell Intern at Partners for Women and Justice.  The summer internship is designed to provide a law student with hands-on experience representing victims of domestic violence in final restraining order hearings and related matters of safe visitation, custody and child support.

Bressler is funding the ten-week internship in honor of Ronnie Ann Powell, a partner at the firm and long time volunteer at Partners for Women and Justice, who died suddenly in 2015.

The event featured a welcome from Bressler principal and newly elected Partners' trustee, Karen E. Murphy, Esq. The reception also featured Emily J. Bordens, Esq. of Bressler, Amery & Ross, and a pro bono attorney for Partners, who shared the story of a client's journey from victim to survivor.

The recipient of the 2017 Ronnie Ann Powell Internship, Chinsu Shajan, spoke about what working at Partners means to her.  Chinsu's powerful words ended with this:: "I am very grateful for the opportunity to work for Partners for Women and Justice, knowing that the work they do each and every day gives a voice to those voiceless victims while making them feel less alone." 

We are grateful to Ronnie's family and to the firm for making it possible for us to continue to honor the memory of a very special person.

Pictured above front row: Claudia Berman (Co-Chair Partners' Junior Advisory Board), Emily J. Bordens, Esq.(Bressler Associate and Partners' Pro Bono Attorney), Chinsu Shajan (2017 Ronnie Ann Powell Intern)
Pictured above back row:  Julie Cerf (Partners' Trustee), Vicki L. Paulson (Partners' Dir. of Advancement), Michele Lefkowitz, Esq. (Partners' Dir. of Legal Programs), Jane M. Hanson, Esq. (Partners' Executive Director), Donna L. Schwartz, Esq. (Partners' Trustee) and Karen E. Murphy, Esq. (Bressler Principal and Partners' Trustee)


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.

Press & Events & News

The Gloria Foundation Invites You to the 4th Annual Taste of Italy

All proceeds to benefit Partners for Women and Justice.
September 27, 2017 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Design Consign:  1221 Bloomfield Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 07004
$75/Person (Before Sept. 20) $100 After
Valet Parking Available

To purchase tickets visit "A Taste of Italy" Event Page or call Design Consign at 973-287-6246


Essex County Bar Foundation and New Jersey Women Lawyers Association held the Annual Fore Ladies Only! Golf Outing & Clinic on July 24, 2017. Partners is the proud recipient of a portion of the proceeds.  Thank you!   
Pictured left to right:  Annmarie Simeone, NJWLA President; Jane Hanson, Partners' Executive Director; and Shoshana Schiff, Partners' and Essex County Bar Association Trustee


Thank you to all of you who supported our 2017 Celebrate Hope Spring Benefit at Mayfair Farms on May 3rd.  We want to acknowledge in particular our Partner in Hope Honorees, Partner in Justice Honorees, Diamond, Platinum Plus and Platinum Sponsors.

Partner in Hope Honorees:

Jane Randel, Karp Randel LLC

Richard D. Trenk, Esq., 
     Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C.  

Partner in Justice Honoree:

William K. Mosca, Jr., Esq., and
     team at Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.

Diamond, Platinum Plus and Platinum Sponsors:

Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
Logan & Company, Inc.
Lowenstein Sandler, LLP
Cathy Martine and Ronald Dolecki 
McCarter & English, LLP
The Silver Family Foundation
The Gloria Foundation
Lauren Handler, Esq. and David Kott, Esq.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Tina A. Jordan and Kevin M. Rendino
Karp Randel LLC
Kenneth and Karen Rosen
Marlene Tepper
Alvin S. Trenk
Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C.
The Victor and Pearl Tumpeer Foundation Trust

It was a fabulous evening that allowed us to raise both awareness and funding for our cause.   



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