24-Hour Helpline & Referral: 1.877.782.2873
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JBWS text/chat is currently unavailable. For deaf survivors, contact National Domestic Violence Videophone for Deaf Survivors at (855) 812-1001


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, Emergency Safe House Shelter, and Transitional Living Program assist survivors on their path to safety.

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.

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.

2022 Annual Report

In 2022, JBWS saw a shocking increase in the number of clients served in nearly every single one of our programs. There was a 98% increase in people receiving support from our adult counseling services, a 79% increase in adults and children seeking services from the Morris Family Justice Center, a 73% increase in days survivors stayed at JBWS' Emergency Safe House Shelter, and much more.


This report details how we were able to manage those increase in services, implement a wellness initiative to support both staff and survivors, and host several record breaking special events to support our survivors.

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



What is the difference between control and concern?

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“I don’t want him hanging out with those friends because all they do is drink.” “Her family is terrible to her, so I don’t want her to have contact with…

A Survivor Testimonial

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I didn’t know a woman could be abusive.   I grew up acutely aware that a man could be abusive. I witnessed a man being abusive – his unpredictable behavior…

Advocating for Veteran’s Mental Health

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“Being in infantry, I’ve been on several combat deployments and experienced life-or-death situations multiple times,” explains Sergeant Joseph “Joe” Barbato, a sub advocate for JBWS’ Emergency Safe House. “The people…

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…


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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 2022. 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.