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New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV)

Known as the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women (NJCBW) for nearly 40 years, we now celebrate a new name and enhanced mission: to provide leadership, support and resources on the prevention of domestic violence for all victims in New Jersey through advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and community awareness.

Welcome to our new, responsive website.

We are Helping

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV) is a statewide coalition of 30 domestic violence programs and concerned individuals whose purpose and mission is to end domestic violence in New Jersey. NJCEDV performs its work through advocacy for survivors of domestic violence; collaboration with state agencies and its member programs; education and training; and technical assistance for its members and the community. Get help here.

We are Unified

With the support and perseverance of its 30 member programs, the Coalition stands united in its efforts to provide safety and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence, to hold offenders accountable, and to engage community-based systems to enhance their response to domestic violence and to develop and implement programs that promote the prevention of domestic violence.

We are Inclusive

Domestic violence knows no boundaries regardless of race, class, education level, socio economic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, nation of origin, etc. Through its Inclusion and Access Initiative, NJCEDV strives to work with member organizations and community partners to ensure that programs and services are inclusive and accessible to individuals from all backgrounds and communities.

Our Work

Our Featured Projects

Peace, a Learned Solution (PALS)

PALS is a trauma informed program for child witnesses of domestic violence.  The treatment program model uses creative arts therapies for children (primarily aged three to twelve), who have been exposed to domestic violence. Learn more.

Women of Color Task Force

The Women of Color Task Force is made up of domestic violence advocates and community members to eliminate barriers to inclusion and access by establishing equitable services for all victims, especially those who have been traditionally underserved. Learn more.

Deaf Advocacy Project

Women with disabilities experience higher rates of domestic violence than any other groups of women, with some estimates as high as 85%. Physical and attitudinal barriers prevent women with disabilities and Deaf women from being able to access services. Learn more.

Statewide Funding Advocacy

NJCEDV and its member programs came together to advocate for increased funding in the fiscal year 2016 state budget. Increased funds will be used to help increase programs’ capacity to provide domestic violence services throughout New Jersey. Learn more.

Community News

Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Strangulation of Yury Cruz

|Monday, September, 14, 2015|

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Yury Cruz and especially her young son, Kevin, who reportedly was present and crying out for his mother when police arrived. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and want to call attention to the dangers of strangulation so that we can help to inform community members who may be in a position to help prevent other victims from being murdered at the hands of their abusers. When Yury’s reported longtime boyfriend Ignacio Ortiz took her life in a quiet Rahway neighborhood this past weekend, he also took her away from her beloved son who now must grow up without either parent.

We commend the media and law enforcement for identifying and naming strangulation in this case. We also urge both groups to name these cases as domestic violence as they clearly fall under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. When we do this, we help others understand that these are not random acts of violence, but instead part of a pattern of controlling behaviors where there is often a history of physical and/or non-physical forms of abuse. We have the knowledge and ability to prevent domestic violence murders and we must all do our part.

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Program Spotlight

To recognize both Latin Heritage Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this October we are featuring Rescue and Restore, a program of Center for Family Services. Trafficking of humans is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug dealing, and it is the fastest growing. Center For Family Services’ Rescue and Restore aims to reduce human trafficking in Camden, Gloucester and Cumberland Counties in southern New Jersey and provide rescue and restore supports to victims. They also create culturally specific tools in their outreach efforts to better service clients from Latino and immigrant communities.

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Linda Sloan Locke, RN, CNM, MPH, LSW

Linda Sloan Locke, RN, CNM, MPH, LSW

Chair, Health Cares About Domestic and Sexual Violence Collaborative

Partner Spotlight

Through the collaborative that addresses domestic and sexual violence as a serious public health issues with public health solutions, Linda and her partners hope to create a New Jersey Healthcare culture in which all providers recognize the prevalence and health impact of Domestic and Sexual violence. In this environment, providing trauma-informed care will be the standard in all healthcare settings.

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Elizabeth Paddy

Elizabeth Paddy

Teacher, Minister, Survivor of Domestic Violence

Survivor Spotlight

Elizabeth Paddy is a survivor of domestic violence. She is also a teacher, minister, mother and grandmother. For the first time since her abuse happened decades ago, she speaks out. Check back very soon for the video of her story. It’s powerful! Elizabeth is also the author of several books about domestic violence and building self esteem in children that are available on

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