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Podcast Expands Communications

Women Aware Speaks

To reach as many members of the Middlesex County community as possible using different media during the COVID-19 pandemic, Women Aware launched a podcast titled Women Aware Speaks.

Women Aware Speaks can be heard on Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Spotify. Click on the episode links below to listen.

Episode 2: Safety Planning for Survivors featuring Domestic Violence Liaisons Rachel Bergfeldt and Kelly Jimenez

Episode 1: Staying Home is Dangerous for Victims of Domestic Violence featuring Director of Client Services Maliha Janjua

Women Aware Featured on National Forum

Director of Client Services Maliha Janjua Interviewed by Modern Muze

In response to concerns for victims of domestic violence under stay-at-home orders, Zulay Henao and Julie Skon of Modern Muze reached out to Director of Client Services Maliha Janjua. In her interview, Maliha shares insight into what domestic violence looks like and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on victims. She also talks about the resources available through Women Aware as well as state and national domestic violence hotlines.

Click on this link to read the article and watch the full Zoom interview: https://modernmuze.com/blogs/muzed/domestic-violence-support-during-home-isolation

Women Aware Featured on Facebook Live

Director of Client Services Maliha Janjua Speaks on "When #StayAtHome Isn't Safe"

Director of Client Services Maliha Janjua was interviewed virtually for Facebook Live by New Jersey Divorce Solutions CEO Christina Previte to share information about Women Aware’s services to victims of domestic violence who are not safe at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Click on When #StayAtHome Isn’t Safe to hear the full interview.

Update on Women Aware Services

For victims of domestic violence, home is dangerous

The COVID-19 pandemic makes it dangerous for New Jersey residents to leave their homes. We are all advised to “stay safe, stay home.” For victims of domestic violence, home is the most dangerous place of all.

Many adults cannot go to work. Children are not in school. Stores, malls, libraries, gyms, restaurants are closed. Social distancing discourages visits with extended family or friends. Fear, anxiety, frustration and uncertainty are running high. Families are together day and night. In a domestic violence situation, this is the perfect storm to trigger an escalation in abuse.

In an ordinary year, domestic violence agencies in New Jersey serve over 18,000 victims of abuse. As the state-designated lead domestic violence agency for Middlesex County, Women Aware supports 1 out of every 8 of those victims. In these unprecedented times, we are seeing an alarming increase in domestic violence. We see it in the types of calls our hotline workers are receiving and in victims’ desperate need for emergency shelter. Lives are in danger.

It is imperative that victims in Middlesex County know they are not alone. For 40 years, we have been providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children. We operate the only 24-hour domestic violence emergency shelter in the second largest county in the state. We continually operate at full capacity, and despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we remain fully operational and in compliance with CDC and NJ Department of Health guidelines regarding the health and safety of clients and staff.

Women Aware is on the front lines for victims reaching out for help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our hotline – 732.249.4504 (Toll-free 833.249.4504) – provides safety planning, crisis intervention and resources.

Our on-site staff speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Urdu, Hindi, German and Italian. Hundreds of other languages can be translated in the moment. No resident should ever worry that language is a barrier to asking for help.

If it is too dangerous for a victim to reach out directly, a trusted family member or friend can call our hotline (732.249.4504 – Toll-free 833.249.4504). We need to look out for each other during this crisis. Victims need to know they are not alone.

We are here. We can help.

Update on Women Aware Services

Here for Victims of Domestic Violence 24/7

We hope this finds you in good health. The COVID-19 crisis presents new challenges to us every day and we hope you are weathering them as best you can.

This is a particularly dangerous time for victims of domestic violence, who may be confined to their homes day and night with an abuser. Know that Women Aware is here, providing safety planning, crisis intervention and resources for victims 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our emergency shelter and hotline are open. Call 732.249.4504. Toll-free 833.249.4504. Our team stays connected with non-residential clients through remote support.

Working together, we are getting through and looking forward to brighter days ahead.

Update on Women Aware Services

A Message from CEO Phyllis Adams

As COVID-19 spreads, the health and well-being of our employees and clients come first. Be assured that safety planning and resource information for victims of domestic violence continue to be available 24/7 at Women Aware’s hotline: 732.249.4504.

We remain committed to the safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County. Here is an update on our services:

  • Our hotline is available 24/7 at 732.249.4504; Toll-Free 833.249.4504. The statewide hotline is also available at 1.800.572.SAFE (7233).
  • Our emergency shelter is open 24/7.
  • Creative arts therapists will connect with clients by phone with in-person sessions suspended.
  • Therapists will connect with support group clients by phone with in-person groups suspended.
  • We are currently restricting all visitor access to our administrative offices.

How You Can Help:

  • If you can help us meet unanticipated costs associated with the increased need for cleaning supplies and technology upgrades to provide remote services, please donate online at womenaware.net/donate.
  • Store gift cards (Walmart, Target, Amazon, Shop Rite, etc.) empower our clients to shop for themselves and are always appreciated. You can mail gift cards to Women Aware, 250 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
  • Follow us on social media and share our information with your networks. Instagram @womenaware, Facebook @womenawareinc and Twitter Women_Aware

We will respond to this situation as it evolves and keep you informed. Thank you for your support and understanding. We wish you and your families continued good health.

NJTV News Spotlights Family Justice Center Community Forum

Nearly 100 people gathered at a community forum last week to listen, learn and discuss the need for a Family Justice Center (FJC) that will provide support and resources under one roof for victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County. Hosted by Women Aware, the forum launched a two-day study tour for the Alliance for HOPE International, whose internationally-recognized FJC model has been proven to reduce domestic violence homicides as well as recidivism rates for perpetrators.

To view the NJTV News segment on the FJC community forum, click here.

Acknowledging the breadth of services that the prosecutor’s office, law enforcement, human services providers, attorneys and others provide to victims in Middlesex County, CEO Phyllis Yonta stated, “We work better together.” To gather as much input as possible on the FJC concept during the study tour, Alliance consultants met with key stakeholders from across the county, including survivors.

Anyone, who would like to have a voice in the FJC discussion, may complete the Alliance for HOPE International’s community survey by clicking here.

Community Forum – Family Justice Center for Middlesex County

Help us move families beyond abuse

February 19, 2020

9:00am-11:00am

Freeholders’ Meeting Room, Middlesex County Administration Building, 75 Bayard St., New Brunswick

A team from the Alliance for HOPE International, an internationally recognized expert, will be joining us to explore the need to establish a Family Justice Center (FJC) serving Middlesex County. FJC’s serve as a one-stop center for victims of domestic violence. This evidence-based model has been shown to reduce homicides as well as recidivism rates for perpetrators.

Please register here for the February 19 Community Forum: