JBWS - Jersey Battered Women's Service
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About JBWS

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From Darkness to Light,

the story of JBWS.


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JBWS' 40-Year Timeline

In 1976, a small group of women in Morris County began a helpline to aid victims of domestic violence. When two of these callers were murdered by their husbands, the need for a confidential shelter became urgent.

From its grass-roots beginnings, Jersey Battered Women's Service opened its shelter doors to the community in late December 1978. Now, JBWS is a full-service, private, nonprofit domestic violence agency.

The mission of JBWS is the prevention of domestic violence through the protection and empowerment of the victim, the rehabilitation of family members, the advocacy of social reform to prevent partner violence, and the education of the public about domestic violence and its consequences.

Our vision is to create a community-wide culture that refuses to tolerate the presence of any form of family or partner violence.

More than 75 paid staff and 120 volunteers work together with the help of the community to fulfill the agency mission.

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JBWS is a non-profit tax exempt 501 c 3 organization.


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JBWS achieved the Platinum Seal of Transparency on GUIDESTAR. Of the more than 47,000 New Jersey Nonprofit Organizations listed on GuideStar, only 71 have received this highest rating!

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