On October 1, 2015 the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence became the state coalition’s new name. Along with that change, the Coalition launched a new mission and vision.
The mission of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is to be the collective voice and advocate for domestic violence survivors by leading collaborative community and systemic responses to domestic violence. NJCEDV provides public awareness, training, advocacy, policy development, technical assistance and supportive services.
The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV) envisions a society where all are free from oppression, injustice and violence.
Although we have changed our name to be more inclusive to all those who experience domestic violence and engage bystanders to help end it, we honor our past and recognize that violence against women remains a serious issue. Women from all backgrounds make up the majority of those abused. Below is a timeline of the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women as we were known for nearly 40 years.
History of NJCEDV
1978 Board established and NJ Coalition for Battered Women adopted as official name.
1979 Coalition incorporated.
1981 Offered testimony before the NJ Advisory Committee to the Civil Rights Commission on lack of services for battered women.
1982 NJ Prevention of Domestic Violence Act signed into law.
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.”
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.”
1988 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.
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 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. With the NJ Division of Family Development developed and planned the Family Violence Option Initiative.
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.
2002 Expanded Coalition Office by taking responsibility for Domestic Violence Specialist certification and adding Community Outreach Coordinator staff person to focus on underserved populations
2003 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. 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.
2004 SHE Program established to provide short and long term housing assistance to victims of domestic violence receiving shelter or transitional housing services from domestic violence.
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 batterers.
2006 The Coalition’s Women of Diversity Task Force released its Report on the Cultural Competency of the New Jersey Domestic Violence Programs, 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.
2008 NJCBW offices expanded to accommodate growing staff. New training room and facilities strengthen the NJCBW Education and Training Institute activities.
In In re Application of E.F.G., a case appealed by NJCBW and approved for publication, the NJ Appellate Division concluded that in serious domestic violence situations, victims should be able to change their names without complying with the publication requirement and without having the case open to public inspection.
2009 The NJ Appellate Division decided Crespo v. Crespo, a case for which the Coalition submitted an amicus brief and which was approved for publication. The Court concluded that the NJ Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is constitutional and that the preponderance of the evidence standard is an adequate burden of proof in domestic violence cases.
2010 NJCBW is one of the state domestic/sexual violence coalitions selected to participate in a five year FVPSA funded grant to the Women of Color Network and four national partners. The purpose of the project is to extend and strengthen ongoing national outreach efforts to serve all victims of domestic violence by promoting and increasing the presence of leaders of underrepresented groups and promising aspiring allies within domestic violence programs and state coalitions.
2011 The second annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, Baring Our Soles was held at Rutgers University to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Senator Loretta Weinberg, Allison Blake, commissioner of Department of Children and Families were in attendance with visitors from the college and domestic violence programs.
2012 The Anti-Racism Change Team held a statewide Leadership Commitment Retreat for 70 executive directors and staff at Stella Maris Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ. The first effort of its type brought in Dr. Jamie Washington from the Social Justice Institute to facilitate 2.5 days of training and technical assistance to strengthen their capacity to provide inclusive and accessible services to all victims of domestic violence using an anti-oppression model.
2013 On February 14, 2013 in Princeton, Jane Shivas and Pat Hart represented New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women domestic violence and sexual assault programs at one of the thousands of worldwide ONE BILLION RISING events. ONE BILLION RISING is a global call to women and men across the planet to gather in their communities to dance and demand an end to violence against women and girls.
2014 Through a federal Superstorm Sandy grant the NJCBW (NJCEDV) began training of 500 First Responders and 300 Domestic Violence Advocates in NJ about the impact of disasters on victims/survivors of domestic violence.