You’re invited to our Moving Beyond Abuse 5K & Charity Walk, Saturday, October 5, Johnson Park, Piscataway! Visit our event site to register, donate or sponsor! Who do you walk/run for?

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NJ State Senate Adds "Coercive Control" Language to Prevention of Domestic Violence Act

The NJ State Senate voted December 11, 2023, 34-0, to add “coercive control” language to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Once Governor Phil Murphy signs it into law, this language will require judges to consider the impact of coercive control exercised on victims by their abusers, in deciding whether to grant a Final Restraining Order. The passage of this legislation is the result of tireless efforts by the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, and a number of advocate groups, organizations and individuals, who recognized the importance of including this language in NJ statute. This legislation will continue to help victims move beyond abuse.

Women Aware Produces Law Video Series on Victims’ Rights

"Victims' Rights: Understanding and Accessing the Protections Afforded by Law"

Women Aware recently produced a series of law videos titled, “Victims’ Rights: Understanding and Accessing the Protections Afforded by Law.” This project is co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. The videos are available on Women Aware’s YouTube channel.

The 5 to 10-minute videos address the topics of Restraining Orders, Immigration, Child Custody, Sexual Assault, and Victims’ Rights/Victim Advocacy. They feature attorneys and advocates from Women Aware, the lead domestic violence agency in Middlesex County, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment, and Central Jersey Legal Services. Videos were filmed in English, Spanish, and Urdu to educate the diverse communities that make up Middlesex County.

“We are fortunate to have bilingual in-house experts and partners in the Middlesex County Family Justice Center who provide practical information on these challenging topics,” explained Women Aware CEO Phyllis Yonta. “Our hope is these videos will prompt victim-survivors to contact Women Aware or the Family Justice Center for direct assistance. We are grateful to the New State Bar Foundation and IOLTA for making this educational outreach possible.”

Individuals seeking additional information can contact Women Aware’s 24-hour hotline at 732-249-4504 or toll-free at 833-249-4504 or walk in to the Middlesex County Family Justice Center to speak with an advocate. The FJC is located at 100 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The information provided in the vides is offered by attorneys and advocates who practice in various areas related to domestic violence, as well as some Women Aware staff. The material provided in these videos is for informational purposes only; it is not intended to take the place of legal advice provided by an individual’s attorney. There is no attorney-client relationship created through these videos; Women Aware’s goal is to inform and educate the public, and to answer some frequently-asked questions about a number of topics under the broad umbrella of domestic violence.

2023 Moving Beyond Abuse 5K & Charity Walk Sponsors

Thank you for your generosity!


Enbridge Corporation


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Independence Wealth Partners

Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law

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Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation

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Fresh Ponds Farm

The Bank of Princeton

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Brilliant Image Cleaning Services

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Monmouth Mobile Home Park


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Northeastern Benefit Services

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Citizens Philanthropic Foundation

Universal Windows Direct

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Brunswick Tire & Auto

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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.

Thank you for shopping to benefit Women Aware!

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.