24-Hour Helpline & Referral: 1.877.R.U.ABUSED
or 1.877.782.2873
Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text 973.314.4192
Hablamos Español  Interpreters Available


Chat or text with an advocate by going to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, click on “Chat Now”; or text LOVEIS to 22522.


JBWS is a private, confidential service welcoming ALL survivors of dating, domestic, or partner abuse (and their family members) regardless of severity of the abuse, marital status, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity.



Our 24-hour helpline, temporary safe home, and transitional living apartments assist survivors on their path to safety and remain open.

Best practice guidelines are in place to keep our residents safe during Covid-19.

Please call our 24-hour helpline to talk with a counselor about all of your options.



Our Center for Healthy Relationships offers specialized counseling programs designed to support adults, adolescents and children impacted by partner abuse.

Our Morris Family Justice Center, led by JBWS, provides support and legal resources through a coordinated collaboration of partner agencies.

Our Jersey Center for Non-Violence counseling services help people examine their use of control, force and/or abuse within intimate relationships and learn alternatives.

During Covid-19, all of support programs are offered through remote options.

Survivors come to us with many experiences of power and control, whether in the form of interpersonal violence or racism or the many other forms of oppression, and they cannot be separated one from the other. We are here to support you across the breadth of your experiences. Read our full statement.

JBWS Stands Against Racism

JBWS está en contra del racismo



Our professional training programs, community education presentations, and youth and school programs have been adapted successfully to online platforms during Covid-19. Become part of the solution. Invite us to speak to your group today. Learn more.

Our mission is the prevention of domestic violence. JBWS recognizes that all forms of violence and oppression are connected and stands with our Black community and Communities of Color as we work toward building a society that is just, equitable and safe for all.

Learn more about the impact of Domestic Violence in Communities of Color.

Annual Report 2021

45 Years of Service

As we look back on 2021, our 45th anniversary of saving and changing lives, we marvel at how our staff, clients, and community persevered throughout the numerous challenges and complications brought on by COVID-19. An ability to overcome all obstacles to find a way to help others has always been a key element of JBWS' identity.


In 1976, before the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence was even formed, a group of women decided that enough was enough. They were going to take the matter of preventing domestic violence into their own hands and created JBWS. With little to no resources available to victims of domestic violence in Morris County, these women turned their own homes into makeshift safe houses. It was in these informal, communal spaces that the earliest JBWS clients were able to find shelter. Now JBWS is a multifaceted agency that provides services for all survivors of domestic violence. This report covers our history, outlines our 2021 accomplishments, and demonstrates how we've grown as an organization over these last 45 years. Thank you to all our generous donors and volunteers who consistently support JBWS. We couldn't do this without you.



2021 Annual Report

Survivors Stories

Some of our brave survivors of abuse share their stories of perseverance, hope, and how they found their strength with help from JBWS.

If you or someone you know needs help, call our 24/7 confidential helpline: 1-877-R-U-ABUSED.

Candy's story

Margaret and Claire's story

Jaraun's story

Vanessa's story

News & Events



Reflecting on culture and mental health

Posted on May 2, 2023

“Culture is not that important to this research.”   That is what Jihae Lee, a group co-facilitator at JBWS’ Jersey Center for Non-Violence, was told by a person conducting pivotal…

A Personal Connection

Posted on April 21, 2023

“A close family member of mine was physically and sexually abused as a child,” says Corey Heyer a chef participating in JBWS’ Grand Tastings XXIX. “I wish an organization like…

Why Didn’t They Make Another Choice?

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When a life is lost due to domestic violence, why is our first instinct to focus on the actions a victim did not take?     Following these tragedies, there…

Changing the Tune

Posted on March 29, 2023

“You’re the music teacher not the social worker, so this is not your concern.”     This is the sentence that changed the trajectory of Maria Lagattuta’s life. Prior to…

The Morris Family Justice Center Turns 7!

Posted on March 17, 2023

Seven years ago this week, the JBWS-led Morris Family Justice Center (MFJC) opened! As JBWS’ first public location, the MFJC enables people to just walk in and be immediately connected…

A Life of Service: Fiorella Diaz

Posted on February 28, 2023

Fiorella Diaz, our Director of Housing and Supportive Services, became a social worker because of an interaction she had with her grandfather at the hospital.   He had come to…

Celebrating Black History Month

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Dear Staff, Community Partners, Volunteers and Supporters,   At JBWS, we honor Black History Month to raise awareness of Black culture and recognize all individuals who continue to shape the…

Dear Santa

Posted on December 14, 2022

Dear Santa,   I realize I don’t usually write a formal thank you for my Christmas gifts, but this year required something special. You gave me a most precious gift…

The Holidays at the Shelter

Posted on December 14, 2022

The account below was written by a former client in JBWS’ Emergency Safe House.    Colored lights and fantasies. That’s what Christmas has always meant to me. As a child,…

Providing Resources for Hope

Posted on November 8, 2022

“Too often, people experiencing domestic violence will drop off the path to safety because the process feels too complicated and overwhelming,” explains Robin Hughes, manager of JBWS’ Crisis Response Team…


Support a life-saving cause while engaging in some of your favorite activities. Golf, tastings, shopping, games of chance, awareness raising, and more.


Autumn Auction for Hope

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

We Can’t Wait to See You!  JBWS’ Autumn Auction for Hope is the perfect opportunity to dine with friends, bid on tons of incredible prizes, and support our mission to…

Half Marathon for Hope

October, 2023

    Calling all runners, joggers, and supporters!  Join us for the Half Marathon for Hope at the Harding Halloween Half Marathon to show your support for victims of domestic…

Multi-Event Sponsorship Opportunities 2023

Sponsor our three signature fundraising events!

Our Best Sponsorship Value Be a JBWS special events super-supporter and sponsor all three JBWS signature fundraisers – Grand Tastings XXIX, 24th Annual Verizon Hope Classic, and Autumn Auction for…

Tricky Tray for Hope


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQezuJeL1C8 Your Chance to Win Big!  Tricky Tray for Hope is hosted on our mobile giving platform GiveSmart with an in-person drawing!  With around 150 baskets to choose from, participants could…

Grand Tastings XXIX

Monday, April 24, 2023

Grand Tastings is sold out!  While Grand Tastings XXIX is now sold out, please contact Lynne Acla at lacla@jbws.org if you’d like to be put on the waiting list for…

Verizon Hope Classic

Monday, September 11, 2023

JBWS’ Classic Golf Outing: Join us for the 24th Annual Verizon Hope Classic at the iconic Somerset Hills Country Club.  Golfers can enjoy a best ball of four outing.  Not…

JBWS’ Holiday Project

Thanksgiving Project, Holiday Boutique, Adopt-A-Family Program

Record Breaking Number of Clients Served More than 700 clients were served through JBWS’ Thanksgiving Project, Holiday Boutique, and Adopt-A-Family program. We were able to serve this record breaking number…

Help Us



Volunteers provide valuable services toward accomplishing the mission of JBWS. Each year, more than 200 JBWS volunteers contribute over 15,000 hours of services to our Morris County-based service.

Wish List

Your donations of food, toiletries, diapers, over-the-counter medicines, help to defray our costs and meet our residents’ most basic needs.

Arrange a Program

Invite us to speak at your school, college, workplace, club meeting, or house of worship. Call 973-267-7520 ex. 124

Fundraising Committee

Do you enjoy being part of a group? Brainstorming ideas? Event planning? Being creative and crafty? How about raising awareness and funds for a great cause? If you answered “yes”, then come join the JBWS Friends Fundraising Committee.




JBWS achieved the Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar, once again in 2019. Of the more than 49,000 New Jersey Nonprofit Organizations listed on GuideStar, only 182 have received this highest rating!


For details, visit GuideStar.org.


Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, has awarded JBWS a four star rating. For the second year in a row, JBWS was named to Charity Navigator’s Top 10 List of the most highly-rated charities in New Jersey.


For details, visit CharityNavigator.org.