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NJ Coalition for Battered Women
HERSTORY

 
 

1978
Board established and NJ Coalition for Battered Women adopted as official name.

1979
Coalition incorporated.

Sponsored first statewide conference on battered women.

1980   
Governor Byrne signed a bill specifying codes governing battered women’s programs.

1981   
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.

1982   
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.

1983   
Marriage License Fee Surcharge passed to fund shelter programs.

1984   
Funding received from the Division of Youth & Family Services to establish a state office for the Coalition with two full time staff.

1985   
Coordinated phone bank following showing of video “Battered Wives/Shattered Lives”.

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

1986   
Fourteen shelters and six non-shelter programs assessed delivery of core services to victims of domestic violence.

1987   
Sponsored statewide conference on Domestic Violence and Alcohol/Drug Abuse - “Explore the Connections”.

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

1988   
Sponsored two regional conference/trainings on domestic violence and sexual assault with emphasis on marital rape.

Mandatory Arrest law passed.

1989   
Developed and published a model children’s program for shelters.

1990   
Sponsored statewide conference for NJ and NY - “Releasing, Reframing, Rejoicing: Domestic Violence and Addictions”.

1991   
Amendments to Prevention of Domestic Violence Act passed.          

1992   
Produced Police Roll Call Training Video.

New Jersey Supreme Court Domestic Violence Working Group established.

1993   
The NJ Association of Domestic Violence Professionals established to provide certification for Domestic Violence Specialists.

1994   
Developed the first statewide prevention program curriculum on interpersonal violence called “Project: RAP”.

1995   
One hundred ninety-nine staff from Coalition member programs and the Coalition Office certified as Domestic Violence Specialists (DVS).

1996   
Sponsored first two-day conference/institute ? “Moving Forward in Our Work”.

1997   
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.

1998   
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. 

1999   
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.

2000   
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.

2001   
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.

2002
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.

2004   
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.

2005   
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.

2006   
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.”

2007   
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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