It’s the Season of Gratitude & Giving! Give help and hope to victim-survivors of domestic violence by donating gift cards:

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Support Women Aware! Shop Macy’s East Brunswick.

October 16-31

From October 16 – October 31, you can round up your in-store purchases at Macy’s East Brunswick and donate your change, up to $.99, to benefit Women Aware. Macy’s is located in Brunswick Square, 755 NJ-18 Ste 100, East Brunswick.

This is an easy way to support victim-survivors of domestic violence and their children in Middlesex County. You can make a difference because every cent counts in support of the free and confidential services that Women Aware provides: 24/7 hotline, 24/7 emergency shelter, legal advocacy, support groups, children’s trauma reduction therapy, and community outreach.

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It’s the Season of Gratitude & Giving

Gift cards bring smiles.

As temperatures cool and leaves change color, thoughts turn to upcoming gatherings and celebrations with family and friends. For the victim-survivors of domestic violence and their children, this can be a particularly difficult time of year. To help bring smiles to the faces of our clients and their families, I invite you to take part in our Season of Gratitude & Giving Gift Card Collection Drive. Gift cards are a wonderful way to provide direct assistance because they provide financial resources that so many of our clients simply don’t have. Gift cards empower survivors to purchase what they want and need for themselves and their families. Gift card donations are always greatly appreciated, but especially this time of year.

Please consider hosting a collection drive among your family, friends, and/or colleagues. You are welcome to drop off gift cards at Women Aware’s administrative offices at 250 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick between 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. Please call first if you plan to stop by – 732.258.0428. You can also mail them to Women Aware at 250 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. We hope to collect as many gift cards as possible by Thanksgiving, but will continue to accept gift cards thereafter as new clients come to us daily.

Thank you!

Middlesex County Family Justice Center Launches Website

Resource for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Community-at-Large

In Middlesex County, New Jersey, victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking now have a new way to learn about, and connect with, the free and comprehensive services available to them. It is the Middlesex County Family Justice Center website at The website is funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Justice Office for Violence Against Women 2021 Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant Program (ICJR). The site offers information on the help and services available, accessing help, safety planning, connecting with resources, and on news and events.

“The website offers victim/survivors information about, and access to, services provided by more than a dozen Family Justice Center partners, including domestic violence, law enforcement, legal, immigration, culturally-specific, human, social, and housing service providers,” explained Middlesex County Family Justice Center Direct Mildred Torres. “To better serve the rich diversity among our neighbors in Middlesex County, the FJC website site is translatable, at the click of a button, into 12 languages.”

The Middlesex County Family Justice Center is the first of its kind in the County and only the fifth in the State of New Jersey. The goal of the Family Justice Center is to reduce domestic violence homicides, and increase the safety and confidentiality of domestic violence survivors and their children in collaboration with co-located victim services agencies. The FJC helps survivors and their families get the resources and support they need in one location.

Women Aware is the Lead Partner in the Family Justice Center and responsible for its day-to-day operation. “The breadth of services available to victim-survivors through the Middlesex County Family Justice Center is a testament to our partners’ collective commitment to a strong coordinated community response to domestic violence and sexual assault in our community,” stated Women Aware Chief Executive Officer Phyllis Yonta.

Partners include The County of Middlesex (the Middlesex County Office of Human Services, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment, and REPLENISH), Central Jersey Legal Services, Jewish Family Services, Partners for Women and Justice, American Friends Service Committee, Middlesex County Board of Social Services, NJ DCF Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Coming Home of Middlesex County, Manavi, Town Clock Community Development Corporation, A Partnership for Change, Dress for Success Central New Jersey, and Middlesex County Family Court.

The Family Justice Center is located at 100 Bayard Street, Room 406, New Brunswick and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Women Aware’s domestic violence hotline is available 24/7 at 732-249-4504, toll-free at 833-249-4504.

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National Night Out in Middlesex County

On National Night Out, August 1, Women Aware’s Domestic Violence Response Team volunteers tabled events in seven Middlesex County communities, providing information about free and confidential services for victim-survivors of domestic violence and their children. Our team is thankful for our partners in law enforcement in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and in police departments across the county. Working together, we serve survivors better.

The Association of Indians in American New Jersey Chapter Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Women Aware

Sunday, July 23 - Akbar Restaurant, Edison, NJ

The Association of Indians in America (AIA), New Jersey Chapter, is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, July 23, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to benefit Women Aware and Manavi (, a partner in the Middlesex County Family Justice Center.

The event will take place at Akbar Restaurant in Edison, NJ. Tickets are $50. The event will feature inspiring guest speakers, live music and dance, a silent auction, and lunch. To purchase tickets, visit AIA’s registration page at

Proceeds to Women Aware will be used to provide free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Middlesex County, NJ.

Women Aware is the state-designated lead domestic violence agency for Middlesex County—the second most populous county in the state and one of the most diverse. For more than 42 years, Women Aware’s comprehensive programs have provided support across the spectrum of client needs—from emergency crisis intervention to long-term efforts toward independent living. All services are free and confidential. Services include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, long-term supportive housing, legal advocacy, community education, support groups, and children’s programs. Services are available to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, marital status, and military status.

Women Aware Honored with New Jersey State Governor’s Volunteerism Award

Domestic Violence Response Team Receives Emergency Services/First Responders Medallion

The New Jersey State Governor’s Volunteerism Award medallion was presented to Women Aware’s Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) at the June 25, 2023 Presentation Ceremony & Celebration of Volunteerism at the Grounds for Sculpture.

(Photo) Representing the DVRT were volunteers Carol Robinson, Patrica Romagna, Ditpi Parikh, and Christine Clayton-Stroh. Program administrators were Edward J. O’Malley, chair emeritus, NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service, and Michele Hayes, vice president, Marketing, NJ Advance Media (far right).

Women Aware’s DVRT members are trained volunteers on call to meet victims of domestic violence with compassion and empathy at their local police station, upon request by the police dispatcher, following an incident of abuse. DVRT volunteers provide crisis services that include emotional support, safety planning, and information on domestic violence and community resources. Twenty-one volunteers serve 11 municipalities across Middlesex County. Women Aware’s DVRT undergoes regular training on topics such as temporary restraining orders, legal options, and high-risk abuse such as strangulation. They also attend refresher training classes to strengthen their understanding of Women Aware’s programs and services.

Some Women Aware DVRT volunteers moved beyond abuse themselves and want to give back to victims. They may know someone who experienced intimate partner violence and either benefited from services or did not know that services were available and suffered alone. They are kind, compassionate individuals from diverse backgrounds who volunteer their time to become trained first responders to victims in crisis.

When a victim is brought to the police station following an incident of domestic violence, they need to be believed and reassured that they are not, and will not, be alone as they deal with this crisis in their life and, possibly, in the lives of their children. A trained DVRT volunteer is the compassionate first face a victim meets from Women Aware, Middlesex County’s state-designated domestic violence service agency. By listening and providing calm support, DVRT volunteers open the door for victims to access the free, confidential services that Women Aware’s professional advocates offer to anyone experiencing abuse in the county. In 2022, Women Aware’s DVRT volunteers conducted 231 safety planning sessions and provided information about community resources to 230 clients. Furthermore, DVRT volunteers staff Women Aware’s outreach tables at community events such as National Night Out and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At these events, volunteers serve as ambassadors and educators to inform the public about the services available to survivors of domestic violence and their families, and how to access them. By connecting survivors to Women Aware, DVRT volunteers assisted the agency in serving 2,638 individuals in 2022, 17% more than in 2021. The agency provided emergency shelter to 278 women and children fleeing for their lives from violence in their homes. Women Aware’s legal advocacy team conducted 3,377 safety planning sessions in 2022 and assisted survivors in securing 853 temporary restraining orders, a 73% increase over 2021.