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Annual Appeal 2011

November 2011

Dear Friend:

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.

Sincerely yours,


Jane M. Hanson, Esq.

Executive Director

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