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Women Aware Co-locates at Prosecutor’s Office

Women Aware is happy to announce that our Legal Advocacy department is now co-located at the New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office. Partner agencies attended the Open House on April 9, 2019 at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. In photo from left to right: Women Aware’s CEO, Phyllis Adams; Women Aware’s COO, Maria Betanzos; Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor, Allysa Gambarella; Women Aware Board Vice President, Jessica Oppenheim.

Wells Fargo Donates $1,550 to Support Survivors

Wells Fargo presented a $1,550 check to Women Aware on Wednesday. Support from generous donors, like Wells Fargo, allows Women Aware to continue providing safety and services to all victims of domestic violence, including underserved, low-income, and minority families. Thank you for helping survivors move beyond abuse.

The Renee J. Bradley Foundation 2nd Annual Luncheon

The Renee J. Bradley Foundation for Domestic Violence 2nd Annual Scholarship Luncheon took place on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The luncheon was hosted by the Reverend Dr. Danielle L. Brown, Pastor of Church Life, Cathedral International. The keynote speaker was Phyllis Adams, MA, MSW the Chief Executive Officer of Women Aware. This event was created to raise awareness of domestic violence and to award Perth Amboy, NJ High School Seniors attending a 4-year university Scholarship opportunities.

Collaborating for Survivors’ Hope and Healing

In Honor of Crime Victims’ Rights Week:
Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in partnership with Women Aware is holding an Open House for Partner Agencies

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Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Two sessions available: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Location: Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
Victim Advocacy Center
100 Bayard Street, 4th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Renee J. Bradley Foundation for Domestic Violence Luncheon Slated

The Renee J. Bradley Foundation for Domestic Violence 2nd Annual Scholarship Luncheon will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The Scholarship Luncheon will be from 3-6pm and hosted at the Cathedral International Family Life Center Banquet Hall in Perth Amboy, NJ.

This year’s luncheon will be hosted by the Reverend Dr. Danielle L. Brown, Pastor of Church Life, Cathedral International. The keynote speaker will be Phyllis Adams, MA, MSW the Chief Executive Officer of Women Aware. Honored Guest will include Bishop Donald Hilliard Jr. Senior Pastor, Cathedral International, Reverend Dr. Deniece Reid, Campus Pastor, Cathedral International and Minister Carole Dortch-Wright the Communications Director of the Cathedral International.

This event is created to raise awareness to domestic violence and to award Perth Amboy, NJ High School Seniors attending a 4-year university Scholarship opportunities. The foundation successfully launched a year ago and strives to work with the local community leaders, churches and organizations to help bring an end to domestic violence. The foundation believes that strength, compassion, love and education are four major unlocking relationship-changing, life-saving keys.

*Proceeds will go towards the Renee J. Bradley Foundation Scholarship Fund; Ticket Donation will include lunch and raffle ticket entry for door prize.

The mission of the Renee J. Bradley Foundation is to teach, mentor and educate young adults in general and specifically youth adults of color about the importance of healthy relationships and the signs of domestic violence. Our vision is “To Stop Domestic Violence through Strength, Compassion, Love & Education.”

Foundation Goals:

• To mentor and coach young adults about the dynamics and realities of healthy relationships.

• To educate young adults about the unhealthy impact of many societal socialization norms regarding various gender roles and expectations.

• To educate young adults of color about the cultural dynamics and realities of domestic violence and healthy relationships.

• To increase prevention and awareness of domestic violence in the lives of youth adults through preventive education, seminars and resources.

• To help support children of domestic violence victims by establishing a scholarship fund.

• To provide a safe place for young adults to dialogue and receive trained peer or professional counseling for abuse/domestic violence.

Foundation Pillars:

• Prevention

• Education

• Awareness

• Solution

For more information please visit www.reneejbradleyfoundation.org or Eventbrite to purchase tickets/donate to this event. The foundation can also be reached at reneejbradleyfoundation@gmail.com

2018 Impact Report

Thanks to you, Women Aware has proudly served:

-1 out of every 8 domestic violence victims seeking services in New Jersey.

-Sheltered 1 out of every 4 mobility-impaired and visually-impaired survivors in the state

-Answered over 4,900 hotline calls, provided nearly 30% of counseling services to children affected by domestic violence in N.J., and delivered 4 times more services to survivors compared to the state average.

Read our 2018 Impact Report to see how your contributions made this possible

Paul Sansone Donates $6,250 to Support Survivors

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NEW BRUNSWICK–Paul Sansone Sr. of Sansone Automall presented a $6,250 check to Women Aware on behalf of the Sansone Foundation on Wednesday.

When asked about the role of philanthropy in his life, Mr. Sansone answered simply, “Giving back makes me feel good.”

Sansone Automall also runs a work-force reentry program, providing skills and employment opportunities to those in need under the leadership of Mr. Sansone.

While accepting the check, Women Aware Board President Diane Palmer expressed, “We are very grateful for Mr. Sansone’s continued generosity.” Mrs. Palmer began as a volunteer at Women Aware’s shelter over 25 years ago.

Women Aware Participates in Public Art Project

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NEW BURNSWICK–Windows of Understanding, a public art project rooted in social justice, returns January 21-February 28 to more than 30 storefronts throughout New Brunswick and Highland Park. Artists paired with non-profit organizations interpret the question “How do we see through hate?” and transform local businesses into windows of understanding.

Mahsa Biglow, a master’s level student at the Rutgers Mason Gross School of Art, was matched with Women Aware. The artist created a “warm,” “glorious” and “epic” installation of femininity, strength, and safety through textiles (pictured).

Biglow writes: “This piece is dedicated to Women Aware, an organization that has served domestic violence survivors in Middlesex County, NJ since 1981. The open letter that accompanies this work speaks to the some of the origins of domestic violence identified by the artist: gender bias, patriarchy, and misogyny. I strongly believe a less gendered society would have fewer domestic violence cases, therefore, this letter is trying to bring a sexless, imaginary Utopia to the reader’s attention. Women Aware envisions a society where individuals can live free from violence and injustice and this artwork depicts an abstracted monument for that society. Using delicate fabrics and warm light as a metaphor for a safe house, shelter, home, or womb, this piece offers an invitation for the audience to celebrate the courage of domestic violence survivors while also demanding support for them by raising awareness about domestic violence and services for survivors.”

You can see Biglow’s installation and learn more about Women Aware’s mission at the American Hungarian Foundation (AHF)​, 300 Somerset Street New Brunswick, Tuesday-Friday 10-3 or Saturday 9:30-1 until February 28th.

To learn more, visit https://www.windowsofunderstanding.org/

Toys Donated in Memory of 6-Year Old Ariella Hopkins

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NEW BRUNSWICK–Six-year-old Ariella Hopkins of Milltown had just graduated kindergarten in June 2015 when she passed away from a sudden illness. Since then, her parents, Bobby and Lisa, have worked tirelessly to keep her memory and smile alive.

Every year, the family holds a toy drive to benefit children in need. Women Aware was honored to have been chosen as a recipient this past year.

With the help of the Hopkins donation, Women Aware provided over 1,000 toys to 250 children in three days. On behalf of those we serve, thank you Hopkins family for making a difference to children in need through Ariella’s memory.