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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


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:

Service to Survivors Recognized


In recognition for her passionate service to survivors of domestic violence, Maria Betanzos, chief operating officer, Women Aware was presented with the Community Service Award from the Renee J. Bradley and Love You Girl Foundations at An Evening of Elegance Sneaker Ball at Crestmont Country Club on October 5.

In her remarks, Maria said, “This is really not personal recognition….This is definitely not the type of work that I would do, ever, alone. This award is for my team.”

To hear Maria’s full remarks from the awards program, click here.