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Annual Appeal 2011
In this, our annual appeal, we usually share the story of a woman and her children who are safer and more secure because of Partners’ programs of free legal assistance for victims of domestic violence. This year, we use the eloquent voice of a law student intern to describe the impact of our work:
I did not know what to expect on my first day at Partners for Women and Justice. … I had no background in domestic violence law. I knew basic facts … and had read a few cases and statutes on child custody and divorce proceedings. … I was not emotionally prepared, however, for the true, hard facts surrounding domestic violence: the repeated exploitation that breaks down a woman’s emotional and physical strength, buried tales of dreadful child abuse, and most of all, the startling cyclical nature of it all …
I spent the first week feeling a bit defeated … . This sadness reached an all-time high when I had a client tell me she was grateful that she had given birth to sons, because every woman in her family had fallen victim to an abusive man. …
In my second week, however, … as I sat with our client who had just been granted a motion to relocate with her children, I … suddenly felt hopeful. . . . She told me she finally felt free from her husband, a man who had belittled and oppressed her for years.… And so I began on my journey … I began to feel a sisterhood with these women and with my colleagues, as we aimed towards this greater goal of ending domestic violence one case at a time. …
I became a true believer in the power of a small non-profit organization … [to help] thousands of low income, abused women find their legal voice and advocate for their rights. My work at Partners for Women and Justice made me realize that … with hope, hard work, and compassion, we can help break the cycle.
You, too, can help break the cycle by supporting Partners’ programs of free legal assistance. Please respond to this letter – our only year-end appeal – with a generous financial contribution, so that we can continue to help women and mothers protect themselves and their children in 2012. Your donation of
$ 250 supports telephone screening and intake services for 5
abused women desperate for legal help;
$ 500 makes possible 2 days of on-site screening and intake
of abuse victims at Essex County Family Justice
$1,000 helps to recruit and train 20 pro bono attorneys to
represent women in final restraining order hearings;
$1,500 provides a sensitive, trained attorney to secure safe
visitation and custody for children in domestic crisis.
Together, we can harness the power of a small non-profit and make a real and substantial difference in the lives of deserving women who face abuse, unpaid child support and unsafe visitation and custody arrangements. Thank you in advance for your support of them and their children. Click here to donate now.
Jane M. Hanson, Esq.
P.S. If your employer matches employee contributions, please recommend your donation to Partners for a match. Partners is also eligible for workplace giving programs.
Partners for Women and Justice accepts donations of securities. If you are interested in this type of donation, the transfer may be made electronically through the Depository Trust Co. (DTC) system, using the following transfer instructions:
Firm: UBS Financial Services, 200 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10166
Contact: Donna Martorelli 212 370 7610
DTC Clearing #: 0221
A/C #: NE-96087-JW
A/C Title: Partners for Women and Justice
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.
This letter is to thank you for all your kindness and your patience with me in my time of need. You made me feel like a person again when things were rough for me. Thanking you againâ€¦
Thank you again for all your help. It is a comfort to know that there are caring people like you in this world.
Thank you all very much for all your help advice and support. Without you, I would have been lost.
My thank you seems so small compared to all youâ€™ve done, but it comes from my heart.
â€¦my daughterâ€™s birthday is todayâ€¦you have given her the best gift of blessings in the form of your help for this case and that her mother can work for her secured and healthy future.