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NJ Coalition for Battered Women


Board established and NJ Coalition for Battered Women adopted as official name.

Coalition incorporated.

Sponsored first statewide conference on battered women.

Governor Byrne signed a bill specifying codes governing battered women’s programs.

Offered testimony before the NJ Advisory Committee to the Civil Rights Commission on lack of services for battered women.

Worked on drafting the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act.

NJ Prevention of Domestic Violence Act signed into law.

Standards for shelters for domestic violence victims established by state.

First Domestic Violence Prevention week activities held.

Marriage License Fee Surcharge passed to fund shelter programs.

Funding received from the Division of Youth & Family Services to establish a state office for the Coalition with two full time staff.

Coordinated phone bank following showing of video “Battered Wives/Shattered Lives”.

Sponsored statewide conference - “Domestic Violence:  A Community Responsibility”; 300 attended.

Fourteen shelters and six non-shelter programs assessed delivery of core services to victims of domestic violence.

Sponsored statewide conference on Domestic Violence and Alcohol/Drug Abuse - “Explore the Connections”.

Supported re-creation of Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence.

Sponsored two regional conference/trainings on domestic violence and sexual assault with emphasis on marital rape.

Mandatory Arrest law passed.

Developed and published a model children’s program for shelters.

Sponsored statewide conference for NJ and NY - “Releasing, Reframing, Rejoicing: Domestic Violence and Addictions”.

Amendments to Prevention of Domestic Violence Act passed.          

Produced Police Roll Call Training Video.

New Jersey Supreme Court Domestic Violence Working Group established.

The NJ Association of Domestic Violence Professionals established to provide certification for Domestic Violence Specialists.

Developed the first statewide prevention program curriculum on interpersonal violence called “Project: RAP”.

One hundred ninety-nine staff from Coalition member programs and the Coalition Office certified as Domestic Violence Specialists (DVS).

Sponsored first two-day conference/institute ? “Moving Forward in Our Work”.

Distributed TTY’s and provided training to programs in order to enhance services to deaf and hearing impaired victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

NJ Supreme Court decided Cesare v. Cesare, an appeal initiated by the Coalition.  The Court reinstated a final restraining order and stressed the importance of the court considering the history and context of domestic violence when deciding whether to issue a restraining order.

Address Confidentiality and Context Program legislation passed after the Coalition pushed it through its final legislative steps at the end of the 1997 session. 

Celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Coalition’s incorporation by honoring seven members whose efforts contributed to our growth and recognizing 326 Coalition and program staff with 5, to 20 years of service.

Established the NJ Coalition for Battered Women Resource and Education Institute.

With the NJ Division of Family Development developed and planned the Family Violence Option Initiative for welfare clients.

Coalition efforts resulted in passage of law allowing victims who are fired or quit their jobs as a result of domestic violence to apply for unemployment compensation.

Completed the Court Watch Report which reports the results of observations of 332 final restraining order hearings in Atlantic, Middlesex and Ocean Counties and makes recommendations to the Judiciary.

Developed a Coalition web site, www.njcbw.org, with information for victims, advocates, and the general public about domestic violence.

Expanded Coalition Office by taking responsibility for Domestic Violence Specialist certification and adding Community Outreach Coordinator staff person to focus on underserved populations.

Sponsored a two-day conference:  “Organizing for Change-Classism, Racism, Homophobia, Cultural Imperialism & Violence Against Women”.

NJ Supreme Court decided Sacharow v. Sacharow, a case appealed by the Coalition.  The Court stated that a final restraining order was not necessary for eligibility in the NJ Address Confidentiality Program and that, where domestic violence exists, address confidentiality presumptively serves both the victim and the child’s welfare by avoiding occasions of violence.

Coalition efforts resulted in passage of legislation prohibiting the discrimination of victims of domestic violence by the insurance industry.

Coalition unveiled its Plan for Outreach to Underserved Populations, a three to five year strategic plan for improving domestic violence services to victims especially hampered by the barriers of racism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism with a special focus on women with disabilities.

NJ Supreme Court decided Shah v. Shah, an appeal taken by the Coalition.  This Court decision affords victims who flee to NJ the protection of a temporary restraining order, which shall remain in full force and effect, when the act occurs out-of-state and NJ has no personal jurisdiction of the batterer.

The Coalition’s Women of Diversity Task Force released its Report on the Cultural Competency of the New Jersey Domestic ViolencePrograms, the culmination of an intense, multi-year project.  As an outgrowth of this Report, the Task Force also developed and distributed Inclusion and Access: Tools to Support Culturally Competent Domestic Violence Programs, a resource for assisting programs in achieving greater cultural competence.

NJ Supreme Court decided State v. Townsend, an appeal for which the Coalition submitted an educational amicus brief. As part of its decision, the Court concluded that “the characteristics of battered women with or without a diagnosis of battered woman’s syndrome are sufficiently reliable to support expert testimony as an aid to the jury.”

NJCBW was awarded an Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant by the Office on Violence Against Women for $750,000 to address violence against women with mental health or developmental or intellectual disabilities.


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