Women Aware Moving Beyond Abuse 5K – October 15, 2022 – Johnson Park, Piscataway. For details and to register, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Piscataway/MovingBeyondAbuse

Advance registration is $35. Day-of registration is $45.

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Step Up for Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Be Part of Women Aware's Moving Beyond Abuse 5K on October 15 at Johnson Park

All are welcome!

Women Aware invites the Middlesex County community to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month by participating in the Moving Beyond Abuse 5K on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Johnson Park-Grove 4, Piscataway. This is a USATF-Certified 5K flat course.

All event proceeds will support free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Middlesex County.

Details:

  • Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Race time is 10:00 a.m.
  • Save $10 and register in advance for $35. In-person race day registration is $45.
  • Children age 11 and under are free.
  • The event will take place rain or shine.
  • First 100 registrants will receive a Swag Bag with giveaways.
  • All registrants will receive a Moving Beyond Abuse 5K t-shirt.
  • Live music from Goldenseal the band
  • Tasty treats from Fritz’s-New Brunswick
  • Children’s activities

For more information and to register to run or walk, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Piscataway/MovingBeyondAbuse

Run, walk, or simply turn out and be part of the village it takes to moves survivors of domestic violence beyond abuse in Middlesex County.

Thank you, Sponsors

Enbridge • Kaplan Companies • Independence Wealth Partners • Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation • Olympus Construction • Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas • Monmouth Mobile Homes Park • Stark & Stark • Fresh Ponds Farm • L’Oreal USA-Franklin • Universal Windows Direct • ESW Beauty • Wawa • Charlotte and Joe Camarota • Investors Bank • The Bank of Princeton • PKF O’Connor Davies • Edward Leske Company • Schechner Lifson Corporation • Martin Insurance Group • Red Bank Pension • Diane Palmer • Olmec • Matthew Flannery • Riot & Rebel

Moving Beyond Abuse 5K Registration Open

Proceeds from 5K & One-Mile Charity Walk Support Survivors of Domestic Violence

Join Women Aware in recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month by participating in the Moving Beyond Abuse 5K on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Johnson Park-Grove 4, Piscataway. This is a USATF-Certified 5K flat course. For those who wish to run/walk a shorter course or simply support Women Aware by attending, there is an optional one-mile Charity Walk. Registration covers either option. Teams are encouraged to sign-up to run/walk together. All event proceeds will benefit survivors and families moving beyond abuse through Women Aware.

Details:

  • Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Race time is 10:00 a.m.
  • Save $10 and register in advance for $35. Race day registration is $45.
  • Children age 11 and under are free.
  • The event will take place rain or shine.
  • First 100 registrants will receive a Swag Bag with giveaways.
  • All registrants will receive a Moving Beyond Abuse 5K t-shirt.
  • Children’s activity
  • Live music from Goldenseal the bandwww.goldensealtheband.com
  • Tasty treats from Fritz’s-New Brunswick

For more information and to register to run or walk, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Piscataway/MovingBeyondAbuse

Members of the community can enjoy a family-friendly event and be part of the village it takes to moves survivors of domestic violence beyond abuse in Middlesex County. The need for Women Aware’s 24-hour multilingual hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, children’s trauma reduction therapy, support groups, and community outreach continues to increase. Incidents of strangulation and the presence of guns in homes make today’s domestic violence cases even more dangerous for victims and their children. Proceeds from the 5K will support the free and confidential services Women Aware provides to anyone experiencing domestic violence in our County.

Thank you, Sponsors (to date)

Enbridge • Kaplan Companies • Independence Wealth Partners • Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation • Brilliant Image Cleaning Service • Olympus Construction • Monmouth Mobile Home Park • Fresh Ponds Farm • Universal Windows Direct • The Bank of Princeton • L’Oreal-Franklin Manufacturing • Wawa • Charlotte and Joe Camarota • PKF O’Connor Davies • Edward Leske Company • Schechner Lifson Corporation • Martin Insurance Group • Diane Palmer • Olmec

Sponsorships Available

Women Aware’s 5K offers businesses and individuals an opportunity to not only promote their brand and commitment to a safer, healthier community, but to support life-saving services to survivors in imminent danger; and support them with the social, emotional, and financial resources to build hopeful lives free of abuse. For more information about sponsorship benefits, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/MovingBeyondAbuse/Page/Sponsorship or contact Susan Dyckman at sdyckman@womenaware.net or 732.249.4900, ext. 0428.

East Brunswick Mayor Visits Middlesex County Family Justice Center

Welcome, Mayor Brad Cohen

Thank you to East Brunswick, NJ Mayor Brad Cohen for visiting the Middlesex County Family Justice Center. Pictured: Ellen Schwartz, Director of Legal Resources; Mayor Cohen; Mildred Torres, Director of the Family Justice Center; Susan Dyckman, Development Director, Women Aware.

Help. Hope. Healing. The Family Justice Center is open for survivors of domestic violence and their families Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 100 Bayard Street, 4th Floor, New Brunswick. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.

Middlesex County Fair Association Awards Sponsorship to Women Aware

$5,000 to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence

Big thanks to the Middlesex County Fair Association for awarding Women Aware a $5,000 sponsorship at the Fair’s Opening Ceremonies on August 1. We are so grateful for the Association’s generosity to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Pictured: Susan Dyckman, Development Director, Women Aware; Alan Habiak, President/General Manager, Middlesex County Fair Association; Joyce Chagnon, member, Women Aware Board of Directors and member, New Jersey Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

Looking to help?

Gift cards provide direct assistance to survivors.

Through the COVID-19 public health crisis, Women Aware succeeded in keeping our 24/7 hotline and emergency shelter open.

As always, our services evolved to meet survivors wherever they are in their journey beyond abuse. Pre-pandemic, when the need for emergency shelter for victims in Middlesex County surpassed our safe house capacity, we would collaborate with out-of-county domestic violence agencies to secure shelter for survivors. Today, staffing shortages and pandemic-related capacity restrictions prohibit many out-of-county shelters from providing refuge for Middlesex County’s homeless survivors and their children. Women Aware removed this barrier to supplemental shelter by launching our own hotel placement program, expanding the capacity of our safe house to 125% in 2021. We provided life-saving shelter to 250 women and children, more than ever before in a single year.

We continue to shelter victims in our safe house and in hotel placements as the need for Women Aware’s services in 2022 is outpacing that of 2021. You can help. Clients in hotel placement need financial support for the essentials of daily living, including transportation and food. Gift card donations provide that support. The most useful gift cards are: VISA, MasterCard, Uber, Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, ShopRite, Amazon and gas cards.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off gifts cards at 250 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. You can also put gift cards in the mail to Women Aware, 250 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick ,NJ 08901. If you have questions, please call the Development Office at 732-249-4900 x 0428. Thank you.

It Takes a Village

Partnering to Keep Survivors Safe

Sansone Auto donated 21 child and infant car seats to keep the smallest survivors of domestic violence safe on the road. In addition to giving car seats directly to families in need, Women Aware also distributed car seats to six police departments in Middlesex County. Without Sansone’s donation, these departments would not have the means to securely transport infants and children from the scene of a domestic violence incident to safety. Thank you to Sansone Auto and our partners in law enforcement for working with Women Aware to help keep survivors safe.

Training Educates and Empowers Volunteers to Better Serve Survivors

30 Individuals Complete 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training

It was a busy and insightful four weeks for participants in Women Aware’s 40-hour Domestic Violence Training. Most of the 30 participants were individuals interested in volunteering on Women Aware’s Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRTs), while several Middlesex County Family Justice Center partners and Women Aware staff members took the training for professional development. The virtual training concluded with an in-person session at the Middlesex County Police Training Center.

DVRT volunteers will continue training under the direction of Women Aware’s DVRT Administrator within the Legal Advocacy department. Ultimately, volunteer advocates will be on call for affiliated police departments in Dunellen, East Brunswick, Highland Park, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Monroe, Plainsboro, South Brunswick, South River and Spotswood to listen, provide support, and share resources with victims of domestic violence following an incident of abuse.

Presenters included: Women Aware Client Services professionals; the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, MCPO Sexual Assault Response Team/Forensic Nurse Examiner Program, Rutgers School of Social Work, and Central Jersey Legal Services. Presenters covered such topics as Values & Ethics, Overview of Domestic Violence, Confidentiality, Effects of Domestic Violence on Children, Police Response to Domestic Violence, Court Procedures, Domestic Violence and Mental Health, Immigration, Strangulation, Cultural Awareness, Safety Planning, and Intervention Skills.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 24-30, 2022

NJ National Crime Victims' Rights Week Virtual Event - Rights, Access, Equity for All Victims

Middlesex County Family Justice Center Director Mildred Torres joined representatives of the NJ Victims of Crime Compensation Office, Victims Services Unit of the New Jersey State Police, and Department of Surgery at Jersey City Medical Center during a panel presentation to victim-survivors at a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week virtual event. Ms. Torres emphasized that Women Aware’s services are:

  • Always free and confidential;
  • Language is never a barrier to services thanks to bilingual advocates and the language line; and
  • Women Aware serves all individuals experiencing domestic violence, including those who are undocumented.